911 dispatcher charged with manslaughter for not sending ambulance

A Pennsylvania 911 operator faces a rare charge of involuntary manslaughter for failing to send an ambulance to the rural home of a woman

The woman died a day later due to heave internal bleeding

The woman's daughter pleaded that without medical help her mother would die

The dispatcher, Leon Price had told on an emergency call that he would not send the ambulance unless the patient agreed to go to the hospital

911 dispatcher does not have the legal authority to refuse to send medical services “on a condition of a medical refusal,”

According to a criminal complaint against the dispatcher, there was no evidence that patient intended to refuse the medical services

Dispatcher was charged with involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, official oppression and obstructing the administration of law or other government function.

Price was arraigned June 29 and released on bail. 


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