CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A four-year-old girl called nine-one-one 287 times last month from a deactivated cell phone.
Steve Cordes is executive director of QuadCom's emergency center, which covers Carpentersville, Dundee and surrounding areas.
He says dispatchers heard a child's voice but couldn't figure out where the calls were coming from. The calls weren't traceable because they were made from a deactivated phone.
He says sometimes the girl called the emergency center 15 to 20 times per shift.
Dispatchers solved the mystery by asking the girl what she wanted. She said she wanted McDonald's, and gave her address for delivery.
Her mother didn't know a deactivated phone could still make emergency calls. She took the phone away from her.
Cordes says you can call nine-one-one on a "dead" phone by holding down the number nine key.