Man Resists Arrest, Refuses to Release Baby to Police

Man Resists Arrests, Refuses to Release Baby from His Grasp

By Isaac Ray 

After taking his baby from the mom without permission, it took four police officers to pry the child from the suspect’s arms.

On May 5, the Coral Springs Police received a custody issue complaint from a mother at the La Quinta Inn at 3100 North University Drive. She said a man, later identified as Jeffry Sainthode, 24, of Lauderhill, had left the hotel with his child without her permission. 

Officers located Sainthode and the child sitting in a stairwell nearby and asked him to sit on the sidewalk while the mother traveled to the location to take the baby. 

After initially following the officer’s requests, Sainthode repeatedly refused to put down his cellphone. The report said it was clear he was attempting to inform someone of his whereabouts and the situation, thus endangering the officer’s safety. 

Because officers no longer felt safe, they decided to place Santhode in handcuffs and not wait for the mother. As officers attempted to release the baby from his grasp, Santhode continued to strongly squeeze it against his body, which could have caused it harm.

According to police, it took four officers to release the baby from Sainthode’s grasp. Officers immediately checked and determined the baby was unharmed. 

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Sainthode was arrested for a  grand theft warrant, child abuse, and obstruction of a police officer. After posting a $10,000 bond, he was released from the Broward County Main Jail. 

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