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911 operator who took drowning woman's call resigns

By David Harten

This article was published June 20, 2013 at 3:28 p.m.

The 911 operator in the middle of an investigation into a dispatching error that resulted in a woman's death has resigned.

Candace Middleton, who had been at the post since March of last year, turned in her letter of resignation on June 14, according to a news release from the Little Rock Police Department.

Middleton was on the line with the victim and her young son after the sport utility vehicle she was driving slid off the road and into a pond off Cooper Orbit Road at around 8 a.m. on Jan. 14. Middleton stayed on the line with the woman for several minutes as water filled the cabin of the vehicle.

Emergency responders were delayed in their arrival to the scene, with communication later being relayed that only MEMS had been dispatched. It was unknown as to why the Little Rock police and fire departments were not dispatched. The victim, Jinglei Yi, was pronounced dead at Baptist Medical Center. Her son, Le Yang, 5, was taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

As a result of Middleton's resignation, the investigation into the matter ceased. Middleton had been put on paid administrative leave following the incident.

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