LISTEN: NJ girl calls 911 in a panic over Elf on the Shelf

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OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — A 7-year-old in New Jersey panicked and called 911 over a Christmas elf emergency, according to dispatch calls obtained by CNN.

Isabella LaPeruta accidentally knocked her elf off the shelt, and according tot he popular children's book, her mistake meant Christmas magic would go away from her home and Santa wouldn't come.

  • 911 dispatcher: "911. Where is your emergency? 911. Hello?"
  • Isabella: "It's Isabella."
  • 911 dispatcher: "Hi, Hi Isabella. Why are you calling 911?"
  • Isabella: "Don't come to my house. Don't!."
  • 911 dispatcher: "Ok, Why did you call 911 honey?"
  • Isabella: "Don't come to my house. OK!."
  • 911 dispatcher: "Were you accidentally calling 911 and made a mistake?"
  • Isabella: "Yes, I was trying to call my dad to tell him about the accident."
  • 911 dispatcher: "Ok mistakes happen honey, you can just say you made a mistake, ok?"
  • 911 dispatcher: "Is your mom home?"
  • Isabella: "Yes she's asleep. Bye"
  • 911 dispatcher: "OK Honey."
  • Responding Officer: "Isabella apologizes. She touched her Elf on the Shelf. She won't call 911 again."

Dispatchers sent an officer to the girl's home to make sure everything was OK.

Police said LaPeruta tried to keep him out and cried when she had to wake up her mom to tell her what happened.

The young caller was worried Santa wouldn't come to her home, but the officer assured her that Christmas was still happening and the man in the red suit would pay her a visit Friday.

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