11-Year-Old Reports Mom, Her Boyfriend as Drug Dealers
By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9
LAWTON, Oklahoma -- An 11-year-old boy is being praised by Lawton police after he called 911 to report his mom and her boyfriend were dealing drugs from their home.
According to Lawton police, the boy had planned on turning his mom and her boyfriend in for the past few months. The 11-year-old told police he warned his mom numerous times that "drugs are bad," but she just told him to keep quiet, which he did until he'd had enough.
"911, what's your emergency?" said a 911 emergency dispatch operator.
"I live here with my mom and her boyfriend, and her boyfriend sells marijuana," the 11-year-old told the 911 operator.
Lawton police called the boy's actions courageous. The call led police to the house where they found the boy with his 1-year-old brother along with a quarter pound of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
Police said the drugs all belonged to the boy's mother, 33-year-old Jennifer Lynn Patterson, and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Michael Dewayne French.
"He felt real uneasy about the situation. He said he knew it was wrong and tried to report it a couple other times," said Lawton Police Lt. Todd Palmer.
According to police, the boy had gone to his neighbors and his grandparents hoping someone would do something, but no one did.
"For whatever reason they decided it was inappropriate for them not to get involved," Palmer said.
But finally, out of concerns for not his safety but for that of his two younger brothers, he finally decided to call 911.
"He was really carefully looking after them," Palmer said.
Patterson and French were both charged with felony counts of drug possession with intent to distribute.