Police: Sprint Refused To Help Find Abducted Toddler
Dad's SUV Stolen With Child Inside
POSTED: 8:20 am CST January 13, 2006
CORONA, Calif. -- Police in Corona said the Sprint telecommunications company refused to provide information to help locate a toddler who was in his father's SUV when it was stolen.
In response, Riverside County lawmakers wanted to put a moratorium on permits for new Sprint cellular towers, but they discovered they don't have authority.
County Supervisor John Tavaglione proposed the moratorium. He said he wanted to send the message to the provider that things need to be done differently when a child's life is at risk. As Tavaglione put it, "The bureaucracy and the hoops that everyone has to jump through need to be minimized."
The drama began the morning of Dec. 23. Jason Cochran buckled his 10-month-old son, Wade, into his car seat and ran into his house near Corona to get his 3-year-old son, Blake. When Cochran came back outside, his beige Lincoln Aviator -- and Wade -- were gone.
Cochran's cell phone, equipped with a global positioning system, also was in the car. But Cochran's wife said a Sprint operator told her the company couldn't give her the coordinates for the Aviator's location. The company told a Riverside County sheriff's detective that it wouldn't release the information without a subpoena and a $25 fee, she said.
The missing child and the car were found about two hours later--without getting the cellular data.