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The Carthage Press
  • A first day of school mishap

  • A local mother of three is not holding back her gratitude to the Carthage Police Department.
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  • A local mother of three is not holding back her gratitude to the Carthage Police Department.
    On the first day of school, Thursday, Jennifer Murphy was getting her children ready to begin in their academic year. Jennifer and James, who have been together 11 years and married for eight, have Zander, 6; Azaria, 4; and little Lalandria, 10 months. They call her “Loli,” and she's walking on her own now.
    “It happened in a second,” Jennifer reported, “we stepped outside to open the garage door and Loli slipped the knob and locked us out.”
    In a panic, Jennifer and the other two kids ran around the house and called Loli to the window.
    “We just got brand new windows, and they were locked,” Jennifer said. “I didn't have a spare key to the house – I had asked my husband a hundred times for one and he never saw a need. The kids played peek-a-boo with Loli while I ran down the street to a neighbor's door.”
    Jennifer expressed her pride in her children who remained calm and kept Loli centralized in the house while the police were on the way.
    “I called, and literally within a minute officers were there,” Jennifer said. “I am so grateful to them because they were not judgmental, or looking like 'this is my job I don't want to be here;' they were kind, and genuine. They were like 'we're here for you.' You know, that hometown, family compassionate feeling. That speaks volumes.”

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