A 7-year-old New Jersey girl panicked when she realized she made a careless mistake that could have cost her whole family their merry Christmas.
Isabella LaPeruta was throwing a ball in the house while her mom was taking a nap and she accidentally knocked over the family's "Elf on the Shelf" from the popular children's book about a toy elf who loses his magic if he's moved from his location or touched.
After recognizing that she may have totally ruined Christmas, she hysterically called 911 to tell them of her mistake.
When the dispatcher started to question her, she freaked out even more and started yelling for them not to send any police to her home and that she really meant to call her dad to tell him about the accident.
The dispatcher sent a squad car to Isabella's home — despite her begging them not to — and her mom finally awoke to find her daughter at the door in tears trying to shoo the cop away.
"I didn't want to get in trouble," Isabella later admitted to NBC New York.
The police were understanding of the situation and were very patient with Isabella.
"To her, it was an emergency when she touched the elf, and she's going to ruin Christmas, so that was her emergency," said Old Bridge Police Lt. Joseph Mandola. "In her mind, she did right, and it was fine with us."
When the officer who went to the LaPeruta's home reported back to headquarters he informed them, "Isabella apologized. She touched the Elf on a Shelf. She won't call 911 again."
Ruining Christmas for your entire family is, indeed, an emergency for any young child ... just not one for 911 to handle.
How her mother slept through that entire ordeal is still a mystery, but at least she can take pride in her daughter's genuine honesty. Very few people can say they would actually call the cops on themselves.
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