911 call never passed to deputies before father killed

Ottawa County

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The man accused of killing his father called 911 about an hour beforehand asking for help, but none was ever sent.

Kenneth Boone, 25, is charged with murder in the death of his father James Boone, 64.

Authorities confirmed to News 8 on Monday that James Boone was still alive around 6:15 a.m. Dec. 1 when his son called 911 requesting assistance. The Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority is looking into why that call was never relayed to deputies in the field.

“The call is under investigation to determine if proper call handling and dispatching protocols were followed,” Executive Director Peter McWatters said in a statement.

McWatters told Target 8 in a phone interview that no “intentional misconduct” occurred.

“They’re good people, good employees,” McWatters said of the people who answer 911 calls in Ottawa County.

McWatters said the investigation would help determine if anyone should face discipline for failing to dispatch deputies.

Kenneth Boone called again at 7:24 a.m. to say he had hurt his father. Deputies responded to their Spring Lake Township home at that point, finding James Boone’s body.

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A photo of James Boone from his online obituary.

James Boone was beaten to death. Authorities say they found Kenneth Boone walking down the road in the neighborhood carrying the weapon used, a hammer.

Kenneth Boone, who has a history of mental illness, was involuntarily hospitalized from Nov. 8 to Nov. 13, documents filed in Ottawa County Probate Court show.

In documents dated Nov. 8, doctors and psychiatrists said they interviewed Boone after he tried to kill himself. They wrote that he had major depression, poor impulse control and “homicidal ideations of wanting to kill others.” They recommended hospitalization. James Boone, who filed the November petition with probate court, wrote that his son said he wanted to “kill people for their body parts” and was hearing voices.

An undated booking photo of Kenneth Boone. (Courtesy of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office)
An undated booking photo of Kenneth Boone. (Courtesy of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office)

Once Boone was placed in the psychiatric unit of a local hospital, he reportedly agreed to treatment and was released to Robert Brown Crisis Center, a short-term residential facility in Holland operated by Hope Network.

According to a document dated Nov. 11, Kenneth Boone agreed to “outpatient treatment under the supervision of (Ottawa) County Community Mental Health.” He also agreed to “take all medications prescribed, live in an approved residence, participate in counseling and cooperate with the Community Mental Health treatment plan.”

It’s unclear when Boone returned to live with his dad at 18674 Pawnee Drive in Spring Lake Township.

The Michigan Department of Corrections also filed a petition in Ottawa County seeking treatment for Boone, who had been in prison for car theft. In January, medical professionals interviewed him at the Richard A Hanlon Correction Facility in Ionia. They noted he is a registered sex offender following an aggravated indecent exposure conviction and said he has a “history of violent and suicidal behaviors.” They said he was delusional, claimed to hear voices and didn’t want to take medication, even though it was helping him.

Online MDOC records show Boone was released from prison Feb. 10.

Relatives of Kenneth and James Boone, reached at the Pawnee Drive home Monday afternoon, declined to comment.

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