DANIELSON, Conn. — A Connecticut judge has rejected a request for a special diversionary program for a former police dispatcher accused of interfering with an emergency call involving her son.

The Norwich Bulletin reports Judge John Newson declined Ruth Bragg’s application Thursday for the pre-trial program, known as accelerated rehabilitation. The 55-year-old former Putnam police dispatcher has pleaded not guilty to charges of interfering with police and third-degree hindering prosecution.

Police say Bragg failed to send officers when the friend of a woman with a restraining order against 22-year-old Timothy Bragg reported the younger Bragg was nearby.

Bragg’s lawyer says his client was punished by losing her job.

Newson says the allegations are too serious for the program and her actions could have led to “catastrophic” consequences.

Bragg returns to court March 6.

Information from: Norwich Bulletin, http://www.norwichbulletin.com

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