Mother Accidentally Locks Baby In Car, 911 Dispatcher Refuses To Send Help

Lacey Guyton said she broke her back windshield to rescue her daughter after a dispatcher refused to send help.

Waterford Township, MI A mother used a household tool to get her two-month old daughter from inside a locked car after a 911 dispatcher refused to send help.

Lacey Guyton posted her account of what happened on the Aug. 18 incident involving her two-month old daughter Raina on her Facebook page.

She said that as she put her baby in the car seat with the diaper bag she shut the door.

As she walked around the car to the drivers door she heard all the doors randomly lock. Then she realized her car keys were in the diaper bag.

She said the car doors should have unlocked because she had a key fob to start the car and touching the door handle with the keys inside should have unlocked the door. But that didnt happen.

And my heart sank, Guyton wrote.

She had her grandmother call 911 immediately as Guyton said she grabbed a large piece of asphalt off the ground and started bashing it against the front passenger window with all her might. She said that had no effect.

Then she said the 911 dispatcher told her grandmother to call a tow company because they dont send anyone to unlock cars or break windows.

At that point, Guyton said her baby was screaming and it was getting hotter in the car. Guyton then said she called 911 and asked the dispatcher to send a fire rescue team just to smash the window because her baby was locked in the car.

Guyton said the dispatcher said she would transfer her to a tow company because they dont send someone to unlock a door.

Guyton told the dispatcher to transfer her to a tow company and asked them to come and then she went back to trying to break the window.

I checked on Raina again real quick and saw she stopped crying and was starting to close her eyes and at this point I didnt know if she was going to sleep or if my baby was dying, Guyton wrote. Realizing no emergency help is coming to save my baby was the worst feeling in the world.

This time, Guyton said she ran to the back windshield and tried breaking that and after two hits it shattered.

Ive never felt more relieved, Guyton wrote. I crawled through, grabbed her, and the key fob and it still wouldnt unlock the car.

Guyton said 12 minutes after she had her baby out of the car, the tow company showed up.

It was the most traumatic 15 minutes of my entire life and we are so thankful our daughter is okay, but were extremely pissed that after calling 911 twice for our daughters life on the line, a dispatcher whose been there for years, still refused to send help, Guyton wrote.

Guyton said she did receive an apology from the police department.

We, not unlike many other police departments, dont assist when someone locks their keys in their car, said Waterford Police Chief Scott Underwood, according to the Oakland Press. The reason being it happens quite often and its more of a job for a wrecker service, we would rather deploy our resources to help in other places, and its become apparent over the years police are not experts at unlocking cars.

However, I would say none of those reasons apply in this case, Chief Underwood said, according to the Oakland Press. We certainly should have responded to that call. Once it became clear there was an infant involved, we should have sent police to the scene.

Chief Underwood said the 911 dispatcher has yet to return to work. He said that the police department would speak to the dispatcher and it would be handled within the disciplinary process. He said the entire dispatch center would undergo training on the issue.

This is a common sense issue, but even with that, when we find an issue or an opportunity to be better at what we do, we act," Chief Underwood said, according to the Oakland Press. "We want to make sure everyone understands that although our policy is not to assist with locked vehicles, there are extenuating circumstances like children, pets or elderly, anyone who cant help themselves. We need to be responsible and have a clear delineation.

Comments (19)
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MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

I guess they don't have Sovereign Citizens in that area. Cops can become true artists at smashing windows with a steel punch after a few run-ins with SCs. Jokes aside, c'mon, dispatch, there's a baby in distress. If for no other reason, send somebody for a golden opportunity to tighten bonds with the community and a fantastic Photo Op.

MariaHasLEOSon
MariaHasLEOSon

Well thank goodness for the Chief. Even though it was hindsight, at least he has a plan to stop this from happening again.

Str8up
Str8up

But how quickly would they have showed up IF she said her baby was unresponsive and possibly dead? I'll bet you the dispatcher would be hot to send a cop to arrest her immediately...am I cynical? You bet.. but I read the story 🤔 dispatcher still hasn't shown up to work? Small wonder! ... I bet you the dispatcher also would have responded differently if someone ELSE called the cops on her and said a mother deliberately locked her baby in the car and the baby is in distress... the apathy and callousness of that dispatcher warrants that s/he be fired on the spot... I don't care how long they've been working there I don't care about "retraining".. (save the retraining for the people who aren't burnt out on their job to the point where they don't care if an innocent baby loses their life).. I already know it was one of those I have the power and you don't and we don't send the cops out to unlock the car and I don't believe you have a baby in there type of power stuggles... 😤😡 totally unacceptable!

Katarina
Katarina

Sounds like she had her daughter out of the car on her own within three minutes, and that includes the time to make two phone calls. I would be very interested in hearing the actual 911 calls. What exactly was said to dispatch by Grandma and also the mother? I can understand education for all dispatchers on exceptions to policy to prevent future problems, but I have to wonder just what was communicated in these calls in the first place. On top of that, a response time of under three minutes would be remarkable for many departments. I realize I'll receive all kinds of flack, but I wonder if this story isn't a nothing burger designed to create drama. Also, the "dispatcher has yet to return to work". Are they perhaps on vacation? Certainly not enough detail to form any sort of opinion.

SOSAN3
SOSAN3

What did the grandmother say my daughter locked her keys in her car and made no mention of the babybinside ? Until we know how the 911 call was worded all we can do is speculate Perhaps if she said there was cat up a tree the dispatcher s response would have been different This is a horror A lesson to be learned Panic seemed to be the problem

Grog
Grog

The dispatcher needs to be FIRED!

RPG156
RPG156

It would be interesting to hear the recording of the call to know whether it was clear to the dispatcher that a child was locked in the car. If it was, discipline and training are certainly in order. It should absolutely be the policy of every PD to responded immediately to a child locked in a car.

Mic911
Mic911

Here is a news clip on the call with some audio , the grandmother on the first call states the baby was locked inside. Dispatcher is at fault, shhould never have happened!

pixiepup
pixiepup

Feel as soon as dispatcher heard there was a baby in car should of sent someone!