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Allegheny County employee fired over leak of 911 call

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Friday, April 4, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

An employee of the Allegheny County 911 center was fired Friday after admitting giving the media access to a call made by the McCandless woman accused of drowning her 3-year-old son and attempting to drown his 6-year-old brother.

The employee, who was not identified, was terminated because of policies “that prohibit the disclosure of confidential information, including audio tapes or transcripts of 911 calls,” according to a statement released by Alvin Henderson, chief of the county's Department of Emergency Services. “During the (police) investigation, an employee of the 911 center admitted to disclosing the call to the media.”

Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, 40, made the 911 call Tuesday to police saying she drowned her son, Luke, and nearly drowned Daniel in the bathtub. Daniel remains hospitalized at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville on life support with no brain activity, prosecutors have said. His mother is jailed to await a preliminary hearing.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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