A 7-year-old girl from Old Bridge, New Jersey, called 911 after she knocked over her "Elf on the Shelf" and panicked.
Isabelle LaPeruta "thought that since the Elf fell, the house would lose its Christmas magic and that Santa wasn't going to come anymore," her mother Lynanne LaPeruta said. "I told her, 'Isabelle, you can't just call 911! It has to be a serious emergency,'" LaPertua said. "But she was crying it was an emergency, and she needed help because Santa might be mad at her."
According to the "Elf on the Shelf" book, if you touch the Elf doll, it makes the magic of Christmas disappear. When the operator asked why Isabelle was calling 911, she responded, "Don't come to my house, don't!" She explained that she "was trying to call my dad."
The operator then told her, "You can just say you made a mistake."
Old Bridge Police Department Lt. Joseph Mandola said that the dispatcher sent an officer to the LaPeruta home regardless.
Isabelle explained that she accidentally knocked over the Elf while playing with a ball and that she was scared, Mandola said.
The responding officer helped calm Isabelle down by telling her he'd make sure to tell Santa it was just an accident.
Many thanks Fred!