Little Boy Calls 911 After Dad Runs Red Light

Little Boy Calls 911 After Dad Runs Red Light
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A 6-year-old boy from Massachusetts called the police after his father ran a red light.


The recording of the call from May 28, received by the Quincy Police Department from 6-year-old Robert Richardson, was shared on the department’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

“Every day we answer numerous 911 calls,” the post reads. “Often times, these calls are from individuals who are in need of immediate assistance. Sometimes, it’s a simple misdial. Then there’s Robert’s 9-1-1 call. Robert is a six year old resident of Quincy.”

In the recording, one can hear the dispatcher asking Robert about the emergency. In response, Robert said that his “daddy went past a red light.” The child then describes the vehicle his father was driving, saying it was a “brand new car, my mummy’s car.”

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When the dispatcher asked Robert what happened next, the child said, “We had to go to the car wash and then he went past the red light.”

At this point, the dispatcher asked Robert to get his father on the line. Realizing what the call was about, the father told the dispatcher that his son had made the call. The dispatcher told the father, “[Robert] just wanted to let us know you ran a red light.” The father apologized and stated that there was no emergency. The officer let the father go.

As reported by the Boston Globe, Detective Karen Barkas, with the Quincy department, described the call as “pretty unique.” No ticket was issued to the father.

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