MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It was a scary situation for a Montgomery family and neighborhood. Dozens of police officers were called to the King Hill neighborhood off of the Upper Wetumpka Road where a man held his son hostage inside their home.
A lot of manpower was involved, from negotiators and the S.W.A.T. team to fire rescue team. It was a hostage situation that lasted for almost three hours. It happened in the 800 block of Clarmont Avenue in Montgomery around 4:30.
Police say it was a domestic violence incident that resulted in the man - who police would not name - locking himself and a baby in the bathroom.
"The danger is not knowing what's on the offender's mind," Montgomery Public Relations Liaison Sgt. Donna Mackey said."
"He's not going to hurt that baby. He loves that baby," Reverend K.P. Nelson said.
This incident had many upset in the King Hill neighborhood like Reverend K.P. Nelson. Nelson says she is the cousin of Darryl Frazier, a man she says has a mental disorder and had no intention of harming his toddler son.
"I am the minister in the neighborhood and it's my job to walk to the streets and see what's going on and pray for people who are not yet there," Nelson said.
Finally, the man released the baby unharmed. He was handcuffed and strapped to a stretcher. Police say he was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but didn't suffer injuries. The child was returned to his mother. Police confirmed that the father did not have a weapon.
Police say the mother did have injuries, but to what extent, it's unclear. So far, no charges have been filed. Police say this incident along with the domestic violence situation are still under investigation.