Son Called 911 Before Killing Father But Deputies Were Never Dispatched To Home

Kenneth Boone called 911 before he killed his father and again afterwards, but nobody came to help after the first call.

West Olive, MI – A 25-year-old man who has been charged with the murder of his father called 911 for help an hour before his father died, but the call never got sent from dispatch to deputies.

Kenneth Boone first called 911 and asked for help at a home on Pawnee Drive in the North Holiday Hills area at about 6:15 a.m. on Dec. 1, WZZM reported.

The Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority confirmed on Monday that Boone had talked to a dispatcher when he called.

However, that call for help never made to sheriff’s deputies, WZZM reported.

Boone called 911 again at about 7:24 a.m. and told the dispatcher that he had hurt his father and needed help.

Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies responded to his second 911 call and found his father, 64-year-old James Boone, beaten to death inside his home in Spring Lake Township, WZZM reported.

Kenneth Boone was walking down a street in the neighborhood when police found him and took him into custody shortly after the encountered his father’s dead body.

The probable cause affidavit said Kenneth Boone was carrying a bloody hammer and was covered in blood, according to WZZM.

The dispatch authority said that the initial 911 call was logged into their system and referred for dispatch to deputies via their computer-aided dispatch system, but that the call was never actually given to deputies.

“A call was created in the OCCDA computer aided dispatch system but was not dispatched or communicated to deputies in the field,” Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority Peter McWatters wrote in an email to MLive.com.

McWatters said an investigation was underway to determine what happened to the initial call, and whether it was human or computer error.

He said they needed to investigate whether “call handling and dispatch protocols were followed,” he wrote.

McWatters told WOOD that no “intentional misconduct” had occurred in the dispatch center during the incident.

Kenneth Boone has a history of mental illness and had been hospitalized shortly before he beat his father to death.

Court documents showed he was committed to the psychiatric unit of a local hospital after he tried to kill himself on Nov. 8, and then released into a residential facility, WOOD reported.

The petition James Boone filed in probate court revealed that Kenneth Boone had threatened to “kill people for their body parts” and had been hearing voices.

The Michigan Department of Corrections had also filed a petition in Ottawa County seeking mental health treatment for Kenneth Boone after he was convicted of car theft, WOOD reported.

Medical professionals who interviewed him at the time said Kenneth Boone was a registered sex offender who had a “history of violent and suicidal behaviors.”

According to doctors at the Richard A Hanlon Correction Facility in Ionia, Kenneth Boone was delusional, claimed he heard voices, and was not medication compliant, even though the medication helped with his condition, WOOD reported that Boone was released from prison on that conviction on Feb. 10.

Kenneth Boone is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 17, WZZM reported.

Comments (95)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Sad world we live in.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

aw shit, IMMEDIATELY with the crazy pleas. Sounds about white.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Hope it was a computer glitch. Else wise someone is going to have a lot of guilt feelings to work through.

Johnmoe
Johnmoe

Mental illness is a terrible thing we need to have places for these people.He should have never been released and his father was brutally beaten to death. Sad

cspcapt
cspcapt

I am tired of incompetent dispatchers. Fire him/her

IrishValkyrie69
IrishValkyrie69

Oh yes, let's make it all about race. So fucking pathetic!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

So all the doctors agreed this guy was a ticking timebomb so let's release him back into society. Makes perfect sense.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Somebody is going to get sued big time over this one. I see and hear the incompetence and arrogance of 911 operators and dispatchers on a daily basis.

tfort
tfort

Sounds about right.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

As a former dispatcher, I see nothing wrong with this situation. When you have no cars available, you have no cars available; it's not the deputies weren't dispatched the first time, it was simply the call was in the queue, and once a unit became available, it would have been sent.

hindsight is always 20/20, and since dispatchers don't have crystal balls to see the future, they can only operate based on what they are told. calls are prioritized as they come in, based on the information provided.

And to those who think they can do the job better, and show them how it's done, feel free to try to be a dispatcher... it's a lot harder than most field providers think, and it's easy to talk a big game, while another to actually do the job.

colonelorville
colonelorville

Dispatching is probably the most hated job in Law Enforcement. I got sent there once as punishment for sustaining an injury by a captain who retired before he wanted to. My wife was a dispatcher in a different department. There was a senior dispatcher who always gave everyone a hard time over the air and my wife even had encounters with her on the phone. Do I have a suggestion on how to fix this. No. It's a hard job and there will always problems.

61mouse
61mouse

Something as important as that 911 called should be called over by a HUMAN

LynnSB
LynnSB

He has a history of mental illness and violence he’s hearing voices and a registered sex offender how the fuck did they ever let him out