Trial starts for 911 operators accused of negligence in death

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A trial has started for two Detroit 911 operators accused of ignoring a 5-year-old boy's calls about his mother's collapse. She died before authorities arrived.

Jury selection began Monday before 36th District Judge Paula Humphries in the trial of Sharon Nichols and Terri Sutton. They're charged with willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Authorities say Robert Turner called 911 twice February 20 after his 46-year-old mother Sherrill Turner collapsed, but wasn't taken seriously. Police found her dead three hours after the first call.

Defense lawyers say the operators didn't break the law, and the case is a civil matter at most. Turner's family has sued the city.

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