Officer Rob Addea positioned himself directly beneath the narrow, rain-slicked ledge and pleaded with the “paranoid” woman above.
“Just get the kids back inside!” he implored. “Please. Please. That’s all we want you to do.”
It was 4 p.m. Saturday, and police in Delray Beach, Fla., had apparently just stumbled into someone’s madness.
A 23-year-old mother, who police said was agitated, deranged and high on the narcotic “Molly,” was hallucinating and becoming increasingly unstable, as the worried neighbors who called 911 could clearly see.
Worst of all, she had brought her 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter onto the slippery ledge with her, and the toddlers were terrified.
“It appeared that the children would either fall or be pushed off the roof by [the woman] herself … which would have caused certain serious injury and/or death to them both,” a police report said.
Officers scrambled to the scene, improvising a plan to rescue the children and subdue their mother — their moves captured by body cameras in footage that was ultimately uploaded to the department’s Facebook page.
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