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Man surrenders after long police negotiation

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON A BELLAIRE police officer and another official talk near Shady Lane where a man barricaded himself in his home with his 11-month-old daughter inside on Sunday. No one was injured.

BELLAIRE — A man is in jail after allegedly barricading himself in his home on Sunday with his 11-month-old daughter inside.

Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said his deputies were on the scene for several hours after responding to a call of a domestic situation at the home, located on Shady Lane outside of the village of Bellaire corporation limits.

Lucas said the man eventually let the child go. The child is OK and is in the custody of the man’s oldest daughter.

“After talking with him in negotiations we were able to resolve it without incident,” Lucas said. “We had a medic at the scene. The child was unharmed.”

Lucas said the incident still is being investigated and more information, including the man’s name and possible criminal charges, would be released today.

Bellaire police helped secure the scene by blocking the intersection that led to the house during the incident. Medics from the OR&W and Neffs fire departments also responded.

A few residents of the lane, along with some relatives and friends of the family, were waiting for the incident to end. About 4 p.m., a vehicle apparently carrying the child stopped and the baby was placed into another vehicle. A couple people hugged each other out of relief that the child was OK.

Bellaire police Chief Dick Flanagan said one of his officers responded to the initial domestic disturbance call because he was the closest law enforcement officer to the residence.

The man who answered the door, he said, acted “real jittery and nervous” and shut the door in the officer’s face after saying no help was needed. Since it was in the sheriff’s department’s jurisdiction, they were called in to respond further, Flanagan added.

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