Manchester Cops: Child Welfare Case Spread To Social Media

Manchester Township Police Car (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

MANCHESTER – When the state came out to a home to check on a child, the father barricaded the door and started broadcasting the incident on social media, police said.

The incident began when the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as DYFS) received a call asking them to check on the welfare of two children in a Crestwood Village home on Memorial Day, police reported.

When they arrived, the father initially told them the children weren’t home. It escalated into the father screaming at them and barricading the front door with furniture.

Manchester police then arrived at the home and began to speak with the father through an open window in the front of the house.

“After several hours of peaceful dialogue, one of our officers, who is a trained negotiator, convinced the male to allow us into the house to check on the children,” police reported. Since he had willfully opened the door, no forced entry was used.

Police said that, for the welfare of all parties, they secured the father without force. He was not placed under arrest and was not charged with any crimes. He was instead transported to a medical facility for evaluation. The children were turned over to the care of a family member.