Two children were rescued, and a woman is in custody after a standoff Sunday in Tuscaloosa.
Police were called to The Path of Tuscaloosa apartments just before noon.
Two residents who live in the complex told officers they had allowed their children – two boys ages 9 and 10 - to stay overnight with a neighbor, who was now refusing to allow the children out of the apartment, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Taylor.
Dasha Sharnell Bishop, 23, refused to come to the door for the parents and for the officers who first responded.
The parents and officers felt the children were in immediate danger, Taylor said.
Two mental health officers, a Youth Aid investigator and the Special Response Team were called as backup. Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service paramedics were on standby.
SRT members breached the front door and brought the children out safely at 3:05 p.m.
Bishop, who had remained barricaded in a back bedroom with the children, was transported to the Tuscaloosa County Jail and charged with felony interference with custody.
Her bond was set at $15,000, the maximum possible for the charge, Taylor said.
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