911 Dispatcher Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter After Refusing to Send Ambulance

911 Dispatcher Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter After Refusing to Send Ambulance
911 Dispatcher Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter After Refusing to Send Ambulance (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/InsideEdition)

According to court documents, a 911 operator in rural Pennsylvania was charged with involuntary manslaughter 2 years after refusing to send emergency medical aid to an ailing lady.

According to the records, dispatcher Leon Price was also charged with recklessly endangering another person, official oppression, and obstruction of the administration of law or other government function in connection with the July 2020 incident.

Kelly Titchenell phoned Greene County 911 emergency dispatch around July 1, 2020, to obtain medical care for her mother, who was sickly, disoriented, and bleeding due to a hole in her esophagus, according to a civil lawsuit Titchenell filed in Pennsylvania’s Western District court.

According to the lawsuit, when Price received the 911 call as a dispatcher, Titchenell told him that her mother, Diania Kronk, 54, needs to go to the hospital because she had been turning yellow, making sounds, and had been languishing in bed for a few days.

According to the lawsuit, Kronk was residing at her boyfriend’s residence in Sycamore, Pennsylvania, at the time, where there was no cellular service.

According to the complaint, Titchenell informed the dispatcher, “She is going to die if she doesn’t go to the hospital.”

According to the lawsuit, Price reportedly informed Titchenell that her mother could refuse to accompany emergency personnel to the hospital. According to the documents, he told her that before an ambulance could be called, she needed to phone back from her mother’s residence and guarantee she wouldn’t decline services.

Kronk died the next day, according to Titchenell.

Greene County District Attorney David Russo told CNN that Price turned himself in on the charges on June 29 and was arraigned and set free on $15,000 bond.

A court clerk told CNN that Price cannot formally enter a plea until after his preliminary hearing dates in August and September. Until then, however, a not-guilty plea was entered during the informal arraignment process, according to Russo.

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