POSTED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 7:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:44pm
Longview, Tx (KETK) — An East Texas family is taking action for change after they say their daughter was murdered in front of her children. Their frantic call to 9-1-1 was blocked by the hotel's phone system.
On December 1st, Kari Hunt and her three children ages 9, 4, and 3 were meeting their father for visitation at the Baymont Inn in Marshall.
When police say, the mother was stabbed to death by her estranged husband, Brad Allen Dunn. Kari's children watched helplessly, her 9-year-old daughter tried to dial 9-11 but couldn't get through. At that hotel, an additional 9 was needed for an outgoing call.
Kari's family has created a petition for Kari's Law which would ensure anyone needing emergency assistance at a hotel could access 9-11 automatically.
Congressman Louie Gohmert also believes there needs to be a change.
"Even adults when they're witnessing something terribly traumatic will not be thinking about what do I dial to get an outside line? Theyd be running and dialing 911 not thinking."
Hotel manager C.J Clayton says immediately after hearing Kari's story, she called her corporate office to get their phone policy changed.
"We contacted our provider and he is going to change our programming because now that we've been made aware of the situation that happened to Miss Kari, we don't want that to happen to anyone else..ever."
The hotel where police say Kari was murdered says their policy hasn't changed, guests still have to dial 9 when making an outgoing call, but they are working on changing that.
Congressman Gohmert says he's researching solutions for an enhanced 9-11 security system to be added at hotels, motels, and other businesses.
" That's why when we do this we want to do it right so people can feel comfortable when they have to dial 9-11 and they get an emergency dispatcher."
To sign the petition click here: https://www.change.org/petitions/let-hotel-phones-dial-911-easily-help-enact-kari-s-law