Texas Digest: Boy dies after sitter couldn’t reach 911


Boy dies after sitter couldn’t reach 911

Dallas public safety officials are pressing T-Mobile for solutions after a 6-month-old boy died after his baby-sitter couldn’t reach 911 operators.

The city said in a statement that the 911 call center was jammed with calls Saturday because of an ongoing issue with T-Mobile. WFAA-TV reported that when a T-Mobile customer calls 911, ghost calls are created that jam the system. Operators end up putting callers on hold as they try to catch up.

Bridget Alex said she was at her sister’s house after the funeral for her 19-year-old nephew when the baby- sitter called her frantically. The sitter said 6-month-old Brandon Alex had fallen from a day bed and was unconscious. The sitter said she had called 911 three times and kept being placed on hold.

Brandon’s mother sped home and took him to a hospital for surgery. Brandon later died without regaining consciousness.

Dallas police investigated. “There is no evidence at this time connecting the child’s death to the T-Mobile ghost call issue,” the city statement said. “We can only confirm that the caller was using a T-Mobile device and tried reaching 911 Saturday evening, during the spike in calls.”


Woman doing modeling shoot when hit by train

The mother of a 19-year-old woman says her daughter was killed when she was struck by a train while having photos taken of her on the tracks in a bid to launch a modeling career.

Hakamie Stevenson told The Eagle newspaper that her daughter, Fredzania Thompson, attended Blinn College in Bryan but wanted to put her education on hold to begin modeling.

Authorities said that Thompson was standing between two sets of tracks Friday in Navasota when a BNSF Railway train approached.

She moved out of the way of the train but was apparently unaware that a Union Pacific train was coming in the opposite direction on the other tracks, and she was struck.

The person who was taking photos of Thompson wasn’t hurt.

Navasota is about 60 miles northwest of Houston.


2nd person charged in woman’s death

Officials say a second suspect has been arrested on a murder charge after the remains of a West Texas woman were found buried at a former speedway.

Tom Green County jail records show Ludonna Gail Yoder was being held Wednesday on $500,000 bond.

Sheriff David Jones said Naomi Miller was last seen alive in 2005. Relatives reported her missing in 2015. Her remains were located March 8 at the former San Angelo Speedway.

Jones said that Miller’s husband, Robert Lamar Miller II, was arrested March 2 and accused of killing her at their home. Yoder was arrested Tuesday after investigators said she provided a statement saying she participated in the slaying.

Autopsy results were pending.

Investigators didn’t immediately say how Yoder knows Robert Miller. Online records didn’t list an attorney representing her.


Fire chief: Recommit to safety

Houston’s fire chief says the recent death of a firefighter from injuries he suffered four years ago must spur a renewed commitment to firefighter safety to avoid future fatalities.

Chief Samuel Pena spoke Wednesday at a memorial service for retired Houston fire Capt. William Dowling, who died last week of complications from his injuries.

Pena said Dowling’s death is an urgent reminder that leaders must improve on the “unacceptable” loss of firefighters’ lives.

Dowling was among those battling a May 2013 restaurant fire that spread to an adjoining Southwest Inn.

The roof of the structure eventually collapsed, trapping firefighters inside. Four were killed that day and more than a dozen injured.

A federal report later said several factors contributed to the deaths, including communication problems among emergency personnel.

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