Lawsuit Filed Over Response to Young Boy's 911 Call By SARAH KARUSH, AP SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (April 10) - A lawsuit was filed Monday by the family of a woman whose 5-year-old son called 911 to report his mother had collapsed and was told by a dispatcher that he shouldn't be playing on the phone. The family of the late Sherrill Turner is seeking $1 million in damages from the City of Detroit. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger said the city was not named in the lawsuit because state law prohibits it, but that the city would be liable for its employees. The defendants in the suit are two unnamed dispatchers, and the plaintiffs are the estate of Sherrill Turner and Robert Turner, the boy who made the 911 calls. By the time authorities arrived following Robert's calls on Feb. 20, Sherrill Turner was dead. "She thought I was playing on the phone," Robert, who turned 6 last month, said of the operator. Robert was joined Sunday on NBC's "Today" weekend show by Fieger, who is best known for defending assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian. Fieger said Sherrill, who had an enlarged heart, would have survived if help had been sent immediately. If emergency medical technicians had "responded immediately to the first call at 6 p.m., she certainly would have survived," Fieger said. A message seeking comment was left Monday for city lawyer John Johnson. Detroit police are investigating the 911 response. In a statement Friday, Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said it was important not to rush to judgment. She said she would have no additional comment "due to imminent or pending litigation." http://articles.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20060410121409990003&ncid=NWS00010000000001 04/10/06 12:12 EDT Additional notes: Robert, then 5, made the call after mother Sherrill Turner, here in an undated family photo, collapsed. She died from complications of an enlarged heart. Three hours after the first call, Robert tried again, and the dispatcher seemed to not believe him. "She thought I was playing," he said. A police officer arrived afterward. Patterson's attorney Geoffrey Fieger alleges that the police officer showed up only to admonish the boy for making prank calls. Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.