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Offbeat Father of Ohio teen who died in van poses multiple questions

20:29  14 may  2018
20:29  14 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The father of a 16-year-old Ohio boy who died despite calling 911 while trapped in a minivan asked authorities Monday why responding officers didn’t get out of their cruiser to search, and Council members also questioned why officers didn’t just search all the vans in the parking lot that day.

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The father of a 16-year-old boy who died after being trapped in a minivan has questioned why responding officers didn't get out of their cruiser. Ron Plush also asked at a Cincinnati City Council meeting Monday whether exact GPS coordinates existed for his son's location.

In a Tuesday, April 17, 2018 photo, Cincinatti Mayor John Cranley hugs a member of Kyle Plush's family before council's Law and Public Safety Committee meeting where Kyle Plush's death after he accidentally got pinned in the fold-away back seat of a minivan was discussed inside the Council Chambers at City Hall in Cincinnati. The teen’s April 10 death has triggered long-overdue plans for upgrades at the city emergency center and helped force the city manager’s resignation, and more changes could come after the Cincinnati police department’s internal probe, the county prosecutor’s investigation and vehicle safety reviews. © Meg Vogel/The Cincinnati Enquirer In a Tuesday, April 17, 2018 photo, Cincinatti Mayor John Cranley hugs a member of Kyle Plush's family before council's Law and Public Safety Committee meeting where Kyle Plush's death after he accidentally got pinned in the fold-away back seat of a minivan was discussed inside the Council Chambers at City Hall in Cincinnati. The teen’s April 10 death has triggered long-overdue plans for upgrades at the city emergency center and helped force the city manager’s resignation, and more changes could come after the Cincinnati police department’s internal probe, the county prosecutor’s investigation and vehicle safety reviews.

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Appearing at a Cincinnati City Council meeting on the response to his son's death, Ron Plush promised to help improve the city 911 system but also said he would be asking difficult questions along the way.

Plush found the body of his son, Kyle Plush, on April 10 inside the 2004 Honda Odyssey in a parking lot near his school nearly six hours after Kyle's first 911 call. A coroner says he died of asphyxiation from his chest being compressed. It is suspected that the foldaway rear seat flipped over as he reached for tennis gear in the back.

"Kyle will give us the strength and guidance to get the job done," Ron Plush said.

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Cranley opened Monday's meeting by saying the city failed in its response to the 911 call.

"In all cases we can do better, we should do better, we must do better," Cranley said.

Cincinnati police chief Eliot Isaac presented the results of an internal investigation before the City Council's law and safety committee, providing details of the 911 call and the police response.

FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac speaks to reporters about the death of Kyle Plush during a news conference at the Criminal Investigation Section conference room, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati officials expect to review a plan for improving the city's emergency center while police finish an internal investigation into the death of Kyle Plush who twice called 911 to report he was trapped in a minivan. Cincinnati police say Isaac will release results Wednesday, May 2, of their probe into what went wrong in efforts to locate the teenager. (Meg Vogel/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac speaks to reporters about the death of Kyle Plush during a news conference at the Criminal Investigation Section conference room, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati officials expect to review a plan for improving the city's emergency center while police finish an internal investigation into the death of Kyle Plush who twice called 911 to report he was trapped in a minivan. Cincinnati police say Isaac will release results Wednesday, May 2, of their probe into what went wrong in efforts to locate the teenager. (Meg Vogel/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)

Among the information released Monday:

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Home » National News » Teen who died in … Kyle’s father , Ron Plush, said Monday he still had multiple questions about what happened despite a police investigation into his son’s death.

He questioned if the call had been a prank. “I am trapped inside a gold Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of Seven Hills. … Plush’s uncle, who declined to share his name, said Wednesday night the 911 system failed the “great kid” who had been his nephew.

—The city's computer assisted-dispatching system experienced difficulties throughout the call.

—Kyle's phone was in his pocket as he called, and he was using "Siri" caller technology to call 911. Kyle was not able to give back and forth answers to a dispatcher, and the phone disconnected his call.

—The automated 911 response overrode Kyle's initial comments, which weren't heard by the dispatcher.

—Officers initially believed they were searching for an elderly woman locked in her vehicle needing help.

—Officers weren't given information from the initial call 911 that someone was banging and screaming for help.

Isaac said officers determined they could search a bigger area and see more by staying in their cruiser.

The boy's aunt, also attending Monday's meeting, noted that Kyle Plush's voicemail included his name, and was not a generic message.

If authorities knew the name "Kyle" and that the call was from someone near a school, they had enough to do a proper search minutes after the call was received, said Jodi Schwind.

Council members also questioned why officers didn't just search all the vans in the parking lot that day.

"Kyle did everything he should have done, everything a mom, a dad, would tell their child to do, he did," said councilwoman Amy Murray. "And he was failed horribly."

The Hamilton County sheriff's office, which also dispatched a deputy that day, is also investigating, as is the county Prosecutor's Office.

Council members scheduled a meeting May 29 for police to provide answer to questions raised Monday.

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