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POSTED February 5, 2015 8:15 p.m.

911 OPERATOR TOLD TEEN TO STOP WHINING AFTER FATAL CRASH: MARYLAND CITY, Md. (AP) — Officials in Maryland say a 911 dispatcher told a teenager to stop whining after a hit-and-run crash that killed her father.

The Capital reports the Anne Arundel County dispatcher is now in a position where he won’t have contact with the public. Fire department Capt. Russ Davies says the dispatcher “used a poor choice of words” and that an investigation into the call is underway.

Davies declined to identify the operator.

On a recording of the Sunday call, the dispatcher tries to determine the location of a crash on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in the Maryland City area. Thirty-eight-year-old Rick Warrick of Washington, D.C., was fatally injured when a car hit him as he changed a tire. His fiancee was injured.

The dispatcher twice tells Warrick’s daughter to stop whining during the call.

 

POLICE: OHIO PAIR PASSED OUT IN FREEZING CAR WITH TODDLER: AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man and woman in northeast Ohio have been charged with child endangering after police say the pair passed out from drug use with a toddler in a freezing car.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports police responded to a call from an Akron gas station employee Tuesday who reported a car had been sitting at a gas pump for an hour and a half.

Deputies said they found 25-year-old Christopher McGarr in the driver’s seat with a needle in his arm. Police say his son’s baby sitter, 28-year-old Tiffany Lovejoy, had also passed out from using heroin.

Police say McGarr’s 3-year-old son was in the back seat without a car seat.

McGarr and Lovejoy are charged with felony child endangering. Court documents list no attorneys for them.

 

DAD OF BOY WHO WAS 4 WHEN HE KILLED NEIGHBOR, 6, GETS PRISON: TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The father of a boy who was 4 when he fatally shot a 6-year-old neighbor was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison after tearfully telling the court he’s haunted by the shooting.

Anthony Senatore, 35, of Toms River, pleaded guilty last year to child endangerment for leaving his gun unlocked. He will serve up to 10 months in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

He was charged with keeping a loaded .22-caliber rifle unlocked in his bedroom, where his son found it in April 2013. The boy took it outside and shot Brandon Holt once in the head. The child died the next day.

“We could not have imagined that such a horrific event would occur,” Senatore told the judge. “The torment of these thoughts will occupy me throughout my existence on this earth.”

Senatore apologized to the Holt family and said he thinks about Brandon every day.

Christine Holt said she and her husband used to imagine what their son would be when he grew up. “Now we can only imagine what he could have been,” she said.

 

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