'Panicking' Girl Calls 911 Over Elf on the Shelf

Isabelle LaPeruta thought she had ruined Christmas
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2015 1:02 PM CST
A little girl was so panicked after accidentally touching her Elf on the Shelf she called 911.   (AP Photo/CCA&B, LLC)

(Newser) – 'Tis the season for adorable emergencies. NBC New York reports a 7-year-old New Jersey girl called 911 after unintentionally disturbing her family's Elf on the Shelf. And as any Elf on the Shelf owner knows, Elves on the Shelf only have one rule: "Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won't hear all I've seen or I know." Well, little Isabelle LaPeruta (also reported as Isabella) didn't have a choice when she threw a ball in the house and turned hers into an Elf on the Floor. One police officer would later say Isabelle was terrified she was "going to ruin Christmas." So Isabelle called 911.

Isabelle begged the 911 operator not to send anyone to her Old Bridge home—she said she was trying to call her dad to tell him what happened—but police are required to respond to every 911 call, NBC reports. An officer arrived and attempted to comfort the crying girl. Isabelle's mom woke up from a nap to find her "hysterical" and "panicking" daughter trying to get rid of the officer. "I didn't want to get in trouble," Isabelle later explained to NBC. Eventually she realized Santa knew she wasn't "going to do that again" and Christmas was saved. "Isabella apologized," the officer informed his precinct. "She touched the Elf on a Shelf. She won't call 911 again."

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