December 20, 2008

3-year-old called police 81 times

Norwegian police said 81 calls received by emergency workers featuring only muttered speech were finally traced to a 3-year-old playing with a cell phone.

Haugesund police said the 112 emergency line received 81 calls during the past week featuring a muttering voice that officers on duty were unable to understand, the Norway Post reported Friday.

Police said the phone company Telenor was finally able to trace the calls to an old cell phone that a woman had given to her 3-year-old son as a toy. The woman told police the SIM card had been removed from the phone, but she did not realize the device could still make emergency calls without the activation card.

Police said the woman promised to find a different toy for the child.