911 Mix-Up Possibly to Blame for 6-Year-Old's Death

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A 911 mix-up could be to blame for the death of a six-year-old boy, after emergency services were sent to the wrong address, the New York Post reported Friday.

Firefighters and medics rushed to respond to an emergency call reporting a boy in cardiac arrest at 277 Ave. C at 9:04 a.m. Thursday, but they were sent to Avenue C in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan.

By the time paramedics reached the correct apartment 18 minutes later, the child was dead, the sources said.

The boy's name was not released.

A woman who opened the door at the family's apartment Thursday night said, "We can't talk about it."

A next-door neighbor, Nori Evoy, said what happened was "awful," adding that "he was the sweetest little kid."

A spokesman for the New York Fire Department said the incident was "under review."

The New York Police Department said it received a 911 call from a hysterical woman who gave her address, but not the borough.

Cops said the operator tried to establish the cross streets, but the caller was too distraught to respond.

Paramedics arrived at the Brooklyn address at 9:10 a.m. but determined they were in the wrong place.

A dispatcher called the incoming number back and asked the mother where she was.

"She said, 'I'm here, I'm here ... he's bleeding from the nose,' and pleaded with them to hurry," a source said.

The dispatcher finally determined she was in Manhattan.

The NYPD said the woman called again at 9:16 a.m. and told them where she was.

But the child was dead by the time paramedics arrived six minutes later, sources said.

SOURCE LINK: New York Post