Concerns surface about ignored 911 call

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – A woman who asked not to be identified says she was the victim of a sexual assault – a crime she says she immediately called 911 to report.

"I hollered, screamed, told him no! Hopefully, somebody would hear me," she said. When she called 911, she told the operator she had been assaulted.

The victim's father says hours, then days passed without an officer responding to investigate.

"Someone was supposed to come," she said. "They never came. End of story."

The crime occurred January 27 – one day before Atlanta and north Georgia were in the grip of an crippling ice and snow storm that paralyzed much of the metro area for days.

Could the crime and the calls for help somehow have gotten lost in the ensuing chaos and confusion?

Fulton County Police, who launched a rape investigation after the victim made it to a hospital several days later, says they have no record of the 911 call.

The victim's father say she wanted to know why his daughter's calls for help fell through the cracks.

"I'm concerned, due to the fact that no one came. My daughter needed help. She could have been killed," he said. "I'm a dialysis patient. I'm a heart patient. If I call 911, it could be a matter of life and death."

Community leaders are calling for the Fulton County Police Department to launch an internal investigation into its handling of the case.


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