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Seffner Hostage Incident Ends Peacefully

Hillsborough Sheriff | Public Safety | Crime

A woman who was holding her child hostage was sent for mental health care. The child was not hurt.

SEFFNER – An hours-long hostage situation ended peacefully Tuesday (June 23) when a woman allowed her 12-year-old son to leave the house and later surrendered to deputies, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said that, about 8:09 a.m. Tuesday, they received a report of a woman who was in a state of crisis. She was threatening to harm herself and would not let her son out of a house on County Road 579 in Seffner.

HCSO crisis negotiators said they communicated with the woman for hours and were able to convince her to let her son out of the home about 1 p.m. The 12 year old was not injured. The woman eventually came out of the home as well and was Baker Acted.

“We are immensely relieved this situation ended peacefully and no one was harmed, especially the innocent child,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “This positive result reflects the professionalism and dedication of the hardworking members of our team who worked this incident for hours until they achieved the best outcome possible. I encourage anyone who is struggling or suffering from mental illness to please seek help through one of the many organizations in our area that can offer assistance.”


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