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Woman held mom hostage in West Sacramento home, police say

May 17, 2012 |  7:40 am

A nine-hour standoff ended Thursday morning in West Sacramento after police entered a home where a daughter allegedly slit her wrists and was holding her mother hostage.

The standoff started Wednesday evening when police responded to help the fire department after reports of a man having chest pains and anxiety attacks. Police said people were screaming and arguing inside the home. The man was taken to a nearby hospital.

Police said they believe Melissa Dodd, 38, locked her mother outside the house, then pulled her back inside and barricaded the door. Dodd was facing a felony arrest warrant for domestic violence and possession of stolen property.

Police eventually broke windows and sent a robot inside, allowing them to see Dodd holding a handgun. A SWAT team forced its way inside around 4 a.m. Thursday and saw Dodd attempting to cut her wrists.

She was detained and taken to a hospital. Police took the mother out of the house; she was unharmed but taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

Dodd was booked at the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment.


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