A baby held hostage by a man allegedly armed with a number of knives has been released unharmed from a Logan home, south of Brisbane.
The man entered the home, got into a dispute with the woman staying there, and barricaded himself in a room with the three-week-old girl about 5am, in what police said was a “domestic situation”.
The 41-year-old man does not live at the home and was not related to the girl.
She was amongst a number of children staying at the Kingston address in care and was awoken from her crib, Actor Inspector Stewart Day said.
He said the man was threatening to hurt the child and the Special Emergency Response Team smashed the front window to get into the house about 7:45am.
Acting Inspector Day said the man, who is known to police, was tasered but did not comment on whether rubber bullets were used in the arrest.
“It was a difficult and precarious situation for police to enter that room,” Actor Inspector Day said.
“The action by police was swift and effective and a child was taken out of that very, very, dangerous and frightening environment safely.
“It will be alleged that the man was making threats towards the child.
“It could have gone very, very differently and we would all be very, very sad.
“She is in care at that address.
“There are a number of children in care at that residence.”
The baby was released into the care of paramedics shortly afterwards.
A woman who was in the house earlier, when the disturbance began, had been speaking with police.
Child protection detectives as well as the Department of Child Safety will investigate.
The man has been arrested and taken to hospital, with non-life threatening injuries, and is expected to be charged later on Thursday.