It all started around 8pm with a frantic call to 911 from a mother whose two children were being held hostage by their own father.
Glascock County Sheriff Jeremy Kelly said the father, Steven Joshua Hudson barricaded himself inside of his home on Cason Road and after several attempts to make contact with the father they called for additional help.
“Deputies came out to do a welfare check on the father of the children. The two children in the home are age three and eight and when they arrived the male subject would not come to the door.” Kelly said.
More than 50 emergency vehicles repsonded to the scene and after negotiating for 12 hours, the SWAT team broke out a window to develop a line of communication.
“We decided at I believe it was approximately 11:30 to call for Columbia County SWAT team to come out here and help us with the situation because they’re more trained at it than we are especially the negotiation part.” Kelly said.
Hudson, who according to the sheriff, already has a criminal past, is now at the Mcduffie county law enforcement center.
“Once they made that move they encountered him in the house and ordered him to drop his knife which he had in his hand and he did and he was taken into custody.”
As for Lyndsey Martin, she’s just happy to be reunited with her children.
“I’m moving forward I’m doing everything for myself and my children they’re everything to me and it gets better from here.” Martin said.
Update – 8:50 a.m.
According to Glascock County Sheriff Jeremey Kelley, after hours of negotiations Steven Joshua Hudson has surrendered to police.
Sheriff Kelley says Hudson was holding his 3 and 8 year old children against their will in a home on Cason Pond Road.
The call first came in around 8 p.m. on Sunday as a custody dispute.
Stay tuned to News Channel 6 as we continue to follow this developing story.
Glascock County, Ga. (WJBF) – Police in Glascock County are currently negotiation with a suspect who is holding at least one person hostage in a home on Cason Pond Road.
According to our crew at the scene, a woman tells them the suspect is her ex-husband and that their 2 children are the ones being held hostage.
Those on the scene helping with negotiations include the Glascock County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, Department of Natural Resources and Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators are asking anyone in that area to avoid the area if at all possible.
Stay tuned to WJBF News Channel 6 as this story continues to develop.