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5-Year-Old Boy's 911 Call To Stop The Grinch From Stealing Christmas Goes Viral

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Parents have said this till their mouths have gone dry: "If there's ever an emergency and you need help, call 911."

Well, in a child's life, there's a lot of things that count as an "emergency."

One four-year-old boy was having trouble figuring out his math homework, and to him that felt like an emergency, so he dialed three numbers to get the help he needed.

Another time, four and six-year-old siblings from upstate New York decided that writing a letter was not the best way in getting in contact with Santa Claus. They called up the police station and requested to speak to the Man in Red himself. Let's just say the officers were not pleased.

Five-year-old TyLon Pittman did not want to speak to Santa Claus, but wanted to warn local authorities about one of Jolly Old St. Nick's enemies - the Grinch.

What happened next will warm your heart!

The little boy worried that the Grinch would come and steal his Christmas like he saw in an online video.

So without his family knowing, he called local police in Byram, Mississippi because he knew he couldn't apprehend the man on his own.

Here's the 911 call made by TyLon to local authorities asking for their help to save Christmas from the Grinch.

Officer Lauren Develle heard about the call and drove over to TyLon's house to let him know that the Grinch would be arrested if he even attempted to devise such a plan.

TyLon told his mom, Teresa Pittman, that he dialed 911, but she did not believe him until she heard a knock at her door.

The whole encounter was posted on Facebook by TyLon's older brother, TeDera Dwayne Graves.

"I can NOT make this up!!!" TeDera posted. "My 5-year-old brother called the police and said that the Grinch is stealing people's Christmas and he don't want him to steal his, so they really came to our house!"

TyLon first showed the officer the video of the Grinch stealing Christmas online, before Develle asked him a few questions.

"I want y'all to come back to my house and take him to jail," TyLon said seriously when asked by Develle on what he would do if the Grinch tried to steal his Christmas.

But in case he does appear, TyLon said he will wrestle him until the police show up.

"I'm going to say put your hands behind your back and get down on the ground, then when he gets on the ground, I'm gonna say, 'Why are you stealing Christmas?'."

I can NOT make this up!!! My 5 year old brother called the police and said that the Grinch is stealing people Christmas...

Posted by TeDera Dwayne Graves II on Saturday, December 16, 2017

A couple days later, Officer Develle gave TyLon a chance to arrest the "green villain."

Taking the boy's hand in a handshake, "the Grinch" said: "You have saved Christmas for the people of Byram. Your bravery is unmatched. You have saved the day."

TyLon's mother and brother said that this Christmas has brought them true joy.

"For them to go this far and have this happen, when he wants to be a police officer, it means a lot," said TeDera. "And it just shows that there are some really good people out there."

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.