Five-Year-Old Tries to Drive Car to Look for Mom
Dispatcher: "911, what's your emergency?"
Ameleah: "Um, my mom's car backed out on accident and I need the police to pull my mom's car back in."
Dispatcher: "Where's your mom at? Is she in the car?"
Ameleah: "Um, no, I don't know where she is."
Dispatcher: "Honey, you're going to be all right, how old are you?"
Dispatcher Evelyn Saunders suspected she wasn't getting the whole truth from five-year-old Ameleah Kegley about the SUV, which had rolled backwards into a neighbor's yard. Her main goal was to keep the terrified child calm.
"She was very nervous, you could tell she was scared," Saunders said.
Ameleah: "When I got off the bus, but my mom wasn't here."
Dispatcher: "You got off the bus and your mom wasn't there?"
Ameleah: "I know she's gone and I miss her so much!"
Nobody knew it at the time, but Ameleah's mom had been rushed to an emergency room. Huddled in her bedroom, the little girl feared she was in big trouble!
Ameleah: "You've got to get here quick. My mom's going to be pissed at me."
Dispatcher: "Did you get in the car and try to move it out of the way?"
Ameleah: "Um, no, it's in somebody's driveway and I don't know who pulled it out in there."
Saunders asked Ameleah if she knew any of her neighbors' names. Ameleah responded like a true five-year-old:
Ameleah: "I know the neighbor's dog's name."
Within minutes, an officer was on the scene to take care of the little girl, and the astounding truth emerged.
"She tried to drive the car to go find Mom. She put the keys in the ignition, pulled it into drive, put the headlights on like she was ready to drive somewhere, like she was a grownup," Officer Ryan Grimshaw said.