Allegheny County fires employee who 'admitted' leaking 911 call of McCandless drowning

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Allegheny County officials said today that they fired a 911 Center employee who "admitted to disclosing" to the media details of a McCandless mother's 911 call in the moments after police said she drowned her two youngest children.

Allegheny County Emergency Services Chief Alvin Henderson asked Allegheny County police to investigate after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a story Thursday that described how Laurel Schlemmer, 40, of McCandless, told a 911 call-taker that she thought her children had drowned in the bathtub.

Ms. Schlemmer had since been charged with homicide, and county police have said she admitted to hearing "crazy voices" and then submerging the boys in water.

"The Department and the County have policies that prohibit the disclosure of confidential information, including audio tapes or transcripts of 911 calls, and those policies were violated by the employee in question," Chief Henderson said in a statement. "Those policies will be reinforced and reviewed with all Emergency Services employees."

Chief Henderson did not name the employee who was fired.


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