ESCATADA, OREGON–A man used his infant son as a shield in Escatada, Oregon, today, as an attempt to shield himself from a police takedown. Police were trying to arrest him at his sister’s house after they saw him leaving another residence, not his own. Suspecting him of burglary, the police followed him to his sister’s when Raleigh Reynolds jumped over a fence to avoid detection and questioning. He then went into the sister’s home and returned carrying a baby, which turned out to be his own 7-month-old infant son.
Reynolds balked, held the baby up in front of him as a human baby shield, then resisted arrest, threatening the baby if police continued. Reynolds did give the baby over to police in the end, handing him to officers. After the ordeal, the police took Reynolds into custody and charged him with several crimes. Family members stepped forward, and the child was therefore not taken into state custody. Reynolds was not carrying any weapons and was therefore unarmed, so that charge was not applicable, but four others were.
Reynolds was charged with endangering a minor child, resisting arrest, burglary, and obstructing governmental administration. He is being held in the Clackamas County Jail. More information can be found at http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/04/22/Man-used-baby-as-shield-in-police-standoff/2581366636646/?spt=fsb∨=ros; http://www.christianpost.com/news/infant-used-as-shield-father-used-own-child-as-human-shield-in-standoff-with-police-94445; http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/04/22/Man-used-baby-as-shield-in-police-standoff/2581366636646/?spt=fsb∨=ros.