A Flordia woman is reportedly being held in a psychiatric facility after police responded to calls of her holding two small children on the ledge of a Delray two-story townhouse. The woman was ‘acting erratically’ and paranoid but it is unclear at this time what was causing her distress.
First responding officers, Rob Addea and Matt Warne stayed below, prepared to catch the children, as Sgt. Mike Debree and Sgt. Brian Griffith work their way onto the ledge to grab the children away from the disoriented woman.
In the video, it’s clear that she doesn’t believe the officers were real and can be heard shouting “Point blank, body avenger!” as she refused to let go of the children. Realizing the severity of her condition, the officers wasted no time separating the woman from the two small children and back inside to safety.
According to ABC local news, Delray Beach Police Department officers released video Wednesday of a 23-year-old woman who they believe was putting her two children in danger.
The barefoot woman, a shirtless 3-year-old girl wearing leggings and a 1-year-old boy wearing only diapers were on the narrow rain-soaked ledge of the second floor of a townhouse — about 15 to 20 feet above the ground.
Authorities said the woman was “acting erratically and refusing to listen to officers’ commands.” They added that she was “agitated and seemingly paranoid,” but would not elaborate on her condition.
Debree managed to walk the kids along the ledge and handed them to officers waiting inside the townhouse. Griffith led the woman off the ledge moments later.
The woman, who has not been identified, was committed to a mental health facility and could face criminal charges. The Florida Department of Children and Families has taken charge of the children and has opened an investigation.