Officers responding to a 911 call from a high school student caught and killed in his minivan remained in their patrol car after they arrived on campus, according to body-camera videos released by Cincinnati police
The video comes a week and a half after the death of Sophie Kyle plush. Hours after the officers' unsuccessful search, the 16-year-old was found dead by his father in a Honda Odyssey. Cincinnati police and the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office have begun investigations into what went wrong, both in the van and at the emergency call center.
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He did not tell the authorities what had happened to him when he called an automated assistant on his smartphone on Tuesday to call Seven Hills School in Cincinnati. He only said that he was trapped in his minivan and could not hear them – no doubt hoping that they could still hear his cries for help.
"Help, help, help, help," he told the dispatcher loud 911 audio received from the Washington Post. Then he screamed, "Help!"
The teenager, who seemed to be laboriously breathing, kept asking for police officers – pausing briefly between each word to catch their breath.
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"I can not hear you," said the teen. In the background you could hear distant hammering. "I desperately need help … I'm going to die here."
"Help -" he said again, then the call suddenly stopped.
Five minutes later, at 3:21 pm, the police responded and searched the area near the private school on Red Bank Road, but did not see the teenager according to a statement from the Cincinnati Police Department.
In a conversation between the dispatcher and a deputy, the dispatcher said it had been difficult to hear the teenager, who said he sounded "somehow far from the phone." The dispatcher said she could hear a pop in the background and someone said, "Help, help, I'm stuck." The authorities then discussed whether the emergency call could have been a joke.
In the two newly released videos, one by each officer, the cameras picked up the immediate area in front of the windshield as the police entered the parking lot and drove around. At one point, an officer may be heard saying, "I do not see anyone I can not imagine I would." No officer left the vehicle at any point while the body cameras were recording.
The videos each run slightly longer than three minutes. The Cincinnati Enquirer said the police documents said the officers were on site for 11 minutes.
According to Cincinnati police policy, body cameras must be activated when "local officials appear" and can be deactivated after "call cancellation".
Lt. Police spokesman Steve Saunders said the department has no further comments as an internal investigation has not been completed.
Almost six hours later, Kyle's father did not find him in the vehicle anymore, told the police with cene but could not revive the teenager, and he was later pronounced dead.
"Terrible, appalling situation to come as a parent," Saunders said in a telephone interview on Thursday.
The Enquirer reported that a source of prosecution It did not mean that the teenager had climbed into the back seat of the family minivan. The teenager, according to the newspaper, tried to reach his tennis equipment as the seat "flipped up to the rear hatch and twisted it under the seat."
Hamilton County Coroner's Office said in a statement that preliminary post-mortem results showed Kyle was dying of "asphyxia due to chest compression".
"This was a horrific tragedy, and what I'm saying is that we share their heartbreak," said Cincinnati police chief Eliot Isaac during a press conference. "Officers, firefighters, and even our emergency staff – you go about it because you want to help, something went wrong here and we have to figure out why we could not afford the help we hoped we could have."
Cranley described the circumstances surrounding Kyle's death as "devastating" and said they "are asking questions about our city's distress call system and police response, and although it's unclear whether the city is doing any wrong in this tragedy, we have a profound responsibility to find out. "
After Kyle's desperate call for help, a dispatcher tried to call him back – but the teenager was unable to answer his phone.
As heard in the 911 tone, the teenager's phone rang and rang Then the call went to his answering machine: "Hello, this is Kyle, I'm not available right now, I'll get back to you as soon as possible."
Then Kyle eventually called police a second time.
During this call, which lasted a few minutes, he became weaker with Sou and something was heard creaking in the background as the teen caught his breath. He then told the dispatcher to forward a message after his death.
"I probably do not have much time left, so tell my mother that I love her when I die," he said. I'm trapped in my golden Honda Odyssey delivery van at the Seven Hills sophomore car park (unintelligible) Send Officers Immediately I'm almost dead. "
Can you hear me? "Asked the teenager.
" Hey Siri, "he pressed his phone.
" Hey Siri.
But His demands remained unanswered.
The authorities said that the agents present at the time had never received the detailed information from Kyle's second emergency call. The dispatcher who accepted the call was called Amber Smith. Authorities said a classmate called Kyle's parents last Tuesday and said he had not appeared for a scheduled tennis match.
The teenager's parents then used an app to track his. She called the police and reported that her son had been missing, police said. Shortly before 9:00 pm, a passerby called the authorities and said that a man is running around the parking lot shouting, "Call 911. The caller said he could hear a" loud bang "and park cars and see people walking
Then another caller, posing as a night shift worker at the school, called the police to report that the teenage boy who was not responding was sitting in his seat and stuck in the van. " "He has been there for a while," he said.
Isaac, the chief of police, told reporters that on arrival, officials in charge of finding Kyle in the van "did not breathe and did not respond."
A Honda spokesman told the Associated Press that the vehicle was on involved in the incident was a 2004 Honda Odyssey. Although there was a recall of seats in some odysseys last year, the speaker said that there were no such callbacks for the model in which Kyle was.
"Our hearts are going to the victim's family at this difficult time," said Honda spokesman Chris Martin of the Teen, according to the Associated Press. "Honda has no specific information to definitively determine what happened in this incident."
Seven Hills School said in a statement on Thursday that students and staff "mourn the loss of this beloved member of our school family." He described Kyle as "a young person with keen intelligence, good humor, great courage," he added that "we deeply feel this loss."
The school said it could not comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.