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A woman charged with the murder of her sister called 911 at least eight times. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the significant time lapse between the first call and an officer being dispatched.

Marcia Render, 51, was arrested Dec. 9 after authorities responded to her home in the 1600 block of N. 37th St. and found her sister, Sheri Yvonne Head, 52, lying unconscious. Paramedics were called but were unable to revive her.

Render first calls police at 11:22 p.m., saying there is a disagreement with her sister who is throwing Render’s possessions down the stairs. The 911 operator says police will respond. Render calls back repeatedly over the next hour, including one call in which she tells the operator she is “ready to snap.”

At 12:38 a.m. Dec. 9 — 50 minutes after the last call — Render dials 911 for the last time and says police officers were just in front of her house but left.

An officer was dispatched to the duplex at 12:39 a.m. to investigate a “family trouble” call, according to the criminal complaint.

This is the second incident this year where a delayed response to 911 has resulted in a murder. Earlier this year, a woman was stabbed 16 times by her boyfriend. She died barricaded in a bathroom with her neighbor waiting 22 minutes for an officer to respond to their 911 call.

2 Responses

  1. rachel

    Gee, I can’t imagine why cops would take their time responding to calls today. If they DO try to stop crimes, they are called ‘racists’. So where is their incentive to try?

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