12-Year-Old Begs 911 Dispatcher to Help Abused Mom -- Minutes Before Dad's Death

This is such a horrific story, it's hard to know which part is the worst. A mom involved in a domestic dispute fatally hit her husband with her car while trying to escape, and her 12-year-old caught the whole thing while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, begging them to send help.


The girl called 911 from her family's Fairfield County home in Lancaster, Ohio, and reportedly begged, "Please send someone." She said her father was hurting her mom, and she was calling from her mom's cell phone to get help. 

The dispatcher kept her on the line for about 10 minutes, until she said that they were getting into her mom's car to try to escape. Her little sister, 8, was with them as well. According to reports, the girl said that her dad wouldn't let them go, and was holding onto the car.

The older girl could be heard saying, "Go fast, Mommy!" while a younger voice said, "Mommy, stop." The older girl told the dispatcher that her father had fallen off the car and was dead.

There's probably no way she could have known that at the time, but the injury was fatal, and Angela K. Luke, 40, pleaded not guilty this week to felony charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and reckless homicide in the death of her husband, Daniel A. Luke, 42. She is not being held, and is currently free.

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She was placed on unpaid leave as a second grade teacher, which just goes to show that domestic violence can happen anywhere, not just on the proverbial "other side of the tracks." This was a professional woman, trained to be observant of other humans, and particularly to care for children. 

Domestic abuse can happen anywhere. And it happens too much. We don't know exactly what was going here, but I'd be willing to guess there was a history of abuse. It seems like this mom did everything she could to escape -- her 12-year-old knew to call for help, they tried to get away ... what else could they have done?

If you're in an abusive relationship and are unsure of how to get out, or even just need someone to talk to, there is help. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. No one should have to live in fear of his or her safety.


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