Parents and caretakers alike tell their youngsters that the "Elf on the Shelf," which was popularized by a children’s book, reports their behavior back to Santa Claus. So when 7-year-old Isabelle LaPeruta, of Old Bridge, New Jersey, accidentally knocked her family’s elf onto the floor, she panicked -- and called 911.
Isabella pleaded with the operator not to send police officers to her home, but they have to follow up on any call from a child, WNBC reported. Isabella was distraught, and her mother, Lynanne LaPeruta, woke up from her nap to find her daughter trying to make a police officer leave the home.
"I told her, 'Isabelle, you can't just call 911! It has to be a serious emergency,'" LaPeruta told ABC News. "But she was crying it was an emergency, and she needed help because Santa might be mad at her."
Isabella later told her mother that she didn’t want to get in trouble, but that she knocked the elf to the floor when she threw a ball.
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"To her, it was an emergency when she touched the elf, and she's going to ruin Christmas, so that was her emergency," Old Bridge Police Lt. Joseph Mandola told WNBC. "In her mind, she did right, and it was fine with us."