911 Call Center Blamed for Young Mother’s Death
By Ted Moore / 18:30, April 11th 2008
The tragedy of losing his wife and the mother of his two children gives birth to an even deeper pain for Nathan Lee whenever he thinks that Denise Lee could have been saved if the 911 call center workers would have done their job properly.
Nathan thinks that the 911 call center acted with negligence. As a result, he and his attorney, Thomas Marryott , have announced their intention to file a lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department in Florida.
It is hard for him now and it will be hard for him also in the future when Lee will have to explain to his two sons why their mother is not beside them. “Someday I’m going to have to tell our little boys, who have very few memories, if any, of their amazingly courageous and brave mommy. I will have to tell them that she died needlessly,” Lee told NBC News.
Denise Amber Lee died on January 17.
She was kidnapped at about 2:30 p.m. from her home in North Port, Fla. At 9 p.m. her murderer, a 36-year-old unemployed plumber named Michael King, was arrested for killing the 21-year-old mother. A ring and some hair which was found on his Camaro’s black seat linked King with Lee’s death.
However, the problem is that before she was killed, Denise called 911 several times. She managed to get the kidnapper’s cell phone, called the police and also left an open connection that allowed the Charlotte County Sheriff to know about the kidnapping.
Furthermore, 911 received calls from other witnesses who reported seeing the woman trying to escape a dark green Camaro.
Still, the 911 call center workers apparently forgot to pass along the information.
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