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Sheriff: Glendale woman holds sledgehammer above child's head while barricaded in home

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Naomi Hope Ellis (Douglas County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

GLENDALE, Ore. - A Glendale woman was arrested after menacing a child over the weekend, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reports.

Around 11:40 a.m. on Saturday (Feb. 8, 2020), deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 800-block of Willis Avenue in Glendale for a woman who had barricaded herself in a room with a five-year-old child with a sledgehammer.

Deputies arrived to learn that 34 year-old Glendale resident Naomi Hope Ellis was in her bedroom with the child.

"The child could be heard screaming for help, so deputies forced their way through a barricaded door into the bedroom," the sheriff's office said. "Ellis was holding the child with one hand and had the hammer above the child's head with the other hand."

Ellis failed to comply with deputies’ orders to drop the hammer, at which point they were able to physically overtake her, the report said.

Ellis continued to fight with deputies at which point a TASER device was deployed. The deputies were then able safely remove the child and take Ellis into custody.

Ellis was transported to the Douglas County Jail where she was lodged on the following charges:

  • Menacing x2
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Harassment
  • Disorderly Conduct II
  • Reckless Endangering

"The child was unharmed in the incident," the sheriff's office said.