Child rescued, mother arrested after 2-hour standoff - WKRN News 2

Child rescued, mother arrested after 2-hour standoff

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DYERSBURG, Tenn. -

A woman was arrested and a child rescued following a two-hour standoff in Dyersburg on Sunday.

According to The Dyersburg State Gazette, authorities arrived at a west Tennessee home just after 8:15 p.m. when they received calls from concerned family members of Allison Hawatt, 28.

Officers attempted to speak with Hawatt, who would not open the door, after her family reported they were worried she would hurt herself.

They witnessed Hawatt, who barricaded herself inside the home, armed with a butcher knife.  She also had a small child with her.

The Special Response Team (SRT) was called to the scene along with negotiators.  The assistant police chief told the gazette the situation progressed quickly from a barricaded person to a hostage rescue.

Hawatt reportedly refused any negotiations, so members of the SRT made entry and rescued the child from the home.

The 28-year-old mother then barricaded herself inside the restroom with the knife until officials say they utilized less-lethal impact rounds to incapacitate her.

Hawatt was then taken into custody, transported to a hospital for evaluation and booked into jail on one count of felony reckless endangerment.

*The Dyersburg State Gazette contributed to this report.

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