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2 children safely removed, dad hospitalized after standoff

August 7, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say two young children were safely removed from a Philadelphia home after a man who was speaking incoherently kept police at bay for about two hours.

Police responded to the home around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday after being told the 41-year-old man was screaming from a third-floor bedroom window. Officers asked the man to leave the home, but he refused.

Authorities say at one point the man picked up his 3-year-old daughter and held her “threateningly” near an open third-floor window, spurring concern he would drop her. So a SWAT team eventually entered the residence and arrested the man, who was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The man’s daughter and her 6-year-old brother were not harmed during the standoff and were reunited with their mother.

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