Father Tasered For Taking Own Baby From Hospital

“Police said the infant could have been injured if the officers had grappled with Lewis.”

Instead, an off-duty cop decided it would be a better idea to taser the man and let the baby fall onto the ground.
I’m not quite sure what to make of this because we don’t know the whole story. A part of me thinks this man did nothing wrong and was simply rescuing his child when the hospital would not let him and his wife leave with the baby. But that’s beside the point. What was an off-duty cop doing carrying a taser gun and why did he decide to taser this man? How is this legal? Shouldn’t they have guarded or locked the exits if it were really such a big problem?

I’ll let you read the article and decide. Just keep this kind of stuff in mind when you start noticing the encroaching martial law atmosphere upon us.

April 17, 2007, 12:00AM
Taser used on dad leaving hospital with baby
Endangerment charges are filed after incident at hospital where baby was born

Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

A Houston man has been charged with endangerment after an incident at The Woman’s Hospital in which an off-duty Houston police officer used a Taser on the man as he tried to leave the hospital with his infant daughter.

William Lewis dropped to the hallway floor after being shocked in the incident early Thursday , and his 2-day-old daughter fell from his arms about 2 feet before landing on the floor, police said.

Lewis and his wife on Monday said the use of the Taser was inappropriate. The police department said it was necessary because they considered the baby to be in danger, and cited reports of previous threats made by the man.

“If the father had just complied with the rules, there would have been no Tasing,” said Capt. Dwayne Ready, a Houston police spokesman.

‘I thought she was dying’
Lewis, 30, said he and his wife were preparing to leave the hospital when staff told him he would not be able to leave with the baby. After a failed attempt to leave through the elevators with the baby, who wore an alert sensor that warns hospital officals about potential kidnappings, staff called security, Lewis said.

The man’s wife, who did not want her name used, said she came out of her room into the hallway as police arrived and saw off-duty HPD Officer D.M. Boling shocking her husband. Boling was working security at the time.

“He was holding the baby when (the officer) Tasered him. My baby hit the concrete floor,” said Lewis’ wife. “When I went down to pick her up to take her to the neo unit, her scream was so loud and so bad I thought she was dying right there.”

Ready said police received a report about 1:30 a.m. Thursday that someone was trying to leave with a baby without following the required procedures. “It was unclear to the officers if this person truly was the father,” Ready said.

Ready said the officer used the Taser because Lewis, when confronted by the officers at the elevator, made “threatening remarks about this being a hostage situation if he were not allowed to leave.”

He also said the child’s mother called authorities on April 2 — a week before the infant’s birth — to complain about Lewis. She “stated that her unborn child’s father called her and made threats on her and the child’s life,” Ready said.

Police said the infant could have been injured if the officers had grappled with Lewis.

Boling joined the department in September 1984 and was working an off-duty security job at the hospital when the incident occurred. Records show that since HPD officers began carrying Tasers in December 2004, Boling has shocked at least two other people.

Free on bond
The mother said hospital pediatricians examined the baby and said she was fine, “but my baby — she had the shakes real bad. She’s not as calm as she was before.”

Lewis was first charged with kidnapping, although it was later changed to endangerment, police said. Lewis appeared in State District Judge Debbie Stricklin’s court Monday. His arraignment was rescheduled for April 30 and Lewis is free on a $5,000 bond.

7 Comments so far

  1. shawn (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    I don’t think tasering was the best option, but it seems like giving the circumstances something had to be done. In a situation like this, you have to put the safety of the baby first (i.e., preventing kidnapping).

  2. Hannah (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    I agree that something had to be done to protect the child, certainly, but what was the best option to do so is most definitely up for debate. Tase-ing, in my opinion, was not necessarily the best option.

    Again, just my opinion. Lock a door, negotiate, reason, those are maybe some first steps to consider versus afterthoughts.

  3. katya (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    Having recently had a baby myself, I really appreciate all the security measures on the baby units. The tasering sucks… and I’m really not pro-cop, especially in kind of blurry line situations like this.

    But dude, situations reversed I totally would’ve wanted my boyfriend tasered versus someone trying to take off with my kiddo. (sorry babe!)

    Hmmm… on second thought – why would a cop taser a man carrying a 2-day old? Surely there are different ways to subdue him that would have less of an impact? I just don’t about this stuff sometimes.

  4. Derek Shumate (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    All valid points. But the way I read it, the hospital knew the couple wanted to leave and refused to let them take the baby. This is the point I’m most concerned with and want to know more about because it could sway this whole debate. What if the hospital were forcing a vaccine into the baby that the parents didn’t agree with?

    The tasering is awful and uncalled for. There’s no way you can justify this abuse of power in my opinion. We don’t even know the long-term effects of non-lethal weapons yet and police are using them left and right. In my view, there’s another term for non-lethal and it’s called TORTURE.

    Does anyone remember when this topic was on the front page of the Chronicle a few months back? Ring any bells?

  5. Alvin (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    just another example of the police carrying that [ us against them] attitude. would he have acted as hastily if that baby belonged to some one he cared about.

  6. Alvin (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

    just another example of the police carrying that [ us against them] attitude. would he have acted as hastily if that baby belonged to some one he cared about.

  7. Paul (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 2:06 am

    Most of you people are missing the picture. First of all the negotiation ended the moment he was told he couldn’t leave with the baby. I’m sure he was told he couldn’t leave by at least one person. Locking the door sounds good but wouldn’t work because after the first elevator shut down he continued to try and leave getting into a second elevator. Now lets look at the options. A guy is taking a baby and trying to leave. He’s not listening to people trying to stop him. He’s trying to get away and an officer shows up. Apparently the sight of the officer had no magical effect on him cause he didn’t change his mind. So let’s look at the options. Do any of you know what an officer carries with him when he works? Maybe he had pepper spray? Would that have been better? I can see it now…poor baby choking on a face full of pepper spary. Okay so maybe he had a baton. Can anyone picture an officer swinging away at a guy with a baby? I hope the guy stands still cause this could end real bad. Hmmmm maybe he should have used his gun and hoped, more like prayed, he didn’t miss. How about trying to tackle the guy and taking the baby away? Seeing how cooperative this guy was I’m sure the moment he was tackled he wouldn’t have struggled or resisted leaving a baby in the middle of a brawl. No what the officer should have done is not use any force, and let the guy walk away with the kid so everyone could jump on him for not doing anything. Some call it torture. This guy was the baby’s father. What kind of idiot puts his baby in this position. It seems like the baby needs protection from his own parents. They really need to be told that not only can not walk out with a baby whenever you want, but you also just don’t walk into a bank where you have an account and take money right out of the bank’s drawers. And just one more thought….did they ever think of calling the police and saying, “hey we’re being held hostage here..they are refusing to let us leave with our baby..”

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