Former Arkansas 911 Operator Was Fired From Prior Job

Jun 27, 2013

A Little Rock 911 operator who resigned after a woman died following a dispatching delay this year was fired from a previous dispatching job for poor performance.

Documents The Associated Press obtained Thursday show that Candace Middleton had been fired from her job working for the Little Rock suburb of Benton.

Middleton quit her job in Little Rock this month following the January death of 39-year-old Jinglei Yi.

Yi died shortly after calling 911 when she was trapped inside a vehicle in a pond.

Police have said a county dispatcher transferred Yi's call to Middleton, who spoke with Yi briefly before hanging up and contacting an ambulance service.

An ambulance was dispatched to the pond, but police officers and firefighters weren't dispatched immediately.

Middleton hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing.