msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 10/26/2011 8:12:30 PM ET 2011-10-27T00:12:30

Authorities say a 5-year-old looking for her mother in Mansfield, Ohio, backed a car out of the driveway, then called 911 for help.

Mansfield police say Ameleah Kegley backed the car out Monday evening after returning from school to an empty house.

According to the Mansfield News Journal, her mother had been taken to the hospital by ambulance with an emergency and her father — estranged from her mother — never got the message.

Worried that her mother wasn't there when she got home from school, Ameleah decided to look for her and started her mother's 1999 Lincoln Navigator. It backed down the sloped driveway and came to a stop on grass across the street.

The girl dialed 911 to report the incident and get help. Dispatcher Evelyn Saunders took the call, the News Journal reported.

"My mom's car backed out on accident, and I need the police. ... I don't know where she is," Ameleah says on the 911 recording obtained by the News Journal. "I'm watching TV in my room. ... I don't know who pulled it out."

Ameleah added: "You gotta get here quick. My mom's gonna be (mad) at me."

Saunders, a mother herself, soon began to figure out the situation, the News Journal reported.

Police were dispatched to the scene and found the SUV as described and Ameleah, standing in the doorway, on the phone, according to the News Journal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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