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Woman, 11 Kids Held Hostage in Georgia Freed

DeKalb PD says woman placed a 911 call around 2am
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2016 6:23 AM CST
Updated Jan 5, 2016 7:44 AM CST

(Newser) – A middle-of-the-night standoff at a hotel in DeKalb County, Ga., has ended with no harm to the woman and 11 children being held hostage within one of its rooms. The woman placed a 911 call around 2am following a domestic dispute, per a rep with the DeKalb PD; a SWAT team descended on the Rite 4 Us Inn and Suites, which was evacuated.

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The unnamed man held the group, which 11alive reports included children as young as three months and as old as 17, for five hours before stabbing himself in the neck as someone within the room opened the door and the SWAT team surged. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports he is in critical condition at a local hospital. There were no other injuries. (Read more hostage stories.)

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