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911 operator dismisses child's phone call for help

An emergency operator told a 7-year-old girl to "get off the phone" when she called to report her brother being fatally beaten, a newspaper reported Friday. Troy and Jane McCants pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter in the June death of their 6-year-old son, Antwon Dumas. The couple originally were charged with second-degree murder.

The plea agreement was prompted in part by records showing their daughter's 911 emergency call was ignored, the Detroit News said.

"My brother been murdered," Iyesha McCants told a 911 operator, according to police recordings.

The operator responded, "Get off the phone, .

.

. get off the phone right now," according to the newspaper. It said the girl's continued pleadings were obscured by the operator's voice telling her to hang up.

Jane McCants called for an ambulance five minutes later, according to the tape, but the boy was dead when the ambulance arrived.

Authorities said they were not certain whether the boy could have been saved five minutes earlier.

Wayne County Prosecutor John O'Hair said the operator, who wasn't identified, has been disciplined but would not say how.

A judge ordered the McCantses to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and set sentencing for Nov. 5. The couple could receive 15 years in prison.

At a preliminary hearing in July, Iyesha McCants testified that her parents had three extension cords they used to beat her brother. She said her mother beat him with a leather belt the day he died.

Assistant Prosecutor Nancy Diehl said the guilty pleas will save the girl from the trauma of testifying again.

"One young life was ended needlessly," Diehl said. "We do not want to harm another."

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