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Family: Woman from Standoff Suffered Postpartum Depression

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police held a news conference Wednesday about the standoff situation involving a mother and her two young children that took 24 hours to resolve.

According to police, 29-year-old Sara Jones threatened to kill her children while she was barricaded in their home near Tropicana Avenue and Mountain Vista Street August 27.

After negotiating with her for hours, officers finally broke into the house after they heard a shot fired.

Jones then barricaded herself in the bathroom and fired a shot through the door hitting one officer in the leg, police said. SWAT officers returned fire hitting Jones in the face. She is still recovering from the injury.

Police say a domestic situation led to this standoff.

"I believe they had a family argument that opened the door for this to occur. I don't know what her mental capacity is but obviously things were unstable that evening," Clark County Undersheriff Jim Dixon said.

The two children that were held hostage were not harmed. Another child, a 10-year-old girl, was able to get out of the house before her mother barricaded herself inside.

Jones is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder and kidnapping.

The father of Sara Jones is talking about what happened to his daughter. He says postpartum depression may be to blame for her violent confrontation with police

Thomas Oakden says his daughter was never officially diagnosed with postpartum depression, but he says she was going through some kind of psychological problems following the recent birth of her fourth child.

"It was during that time that she started to display some unusual emotions," Oakden told 8 News NOW in an exclusive interview.

He says Jones was anxious and didn't want to see her family. She also became suspicious of her husband and was convinced that someone was watching her.

"On the Monday before the incident, she called me that someone lived in the attic," Oakden said.

Oakden says the family had insisted Jones get psychological help for what they believe was postpartum depression.

Obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Guita Tabassi says Jones' may have a more severe form of the condition. It is known postpartum psychosis, which is when depression is so severe that some women have gone on to hurt themselves and their babies

"It is a real psychological condition. It is preventable, if it is recognized early," Dr. Tabassi said, "You are delusional, hallucinating, hear voices, and, if voices telling you to harm your baby or harm yourself are so real to you that you may want to act on it."

Oakden says he is thankful his daughter is alive and the children are all okay, but he wished the situation never escalated to this point.

"It is something you see other people go through but you don't realize that this can happen to us until it happens," he said.

According to Dr. Tabassi, between 50 and 80 percent of women have some kind of postpartum blues, sometimes called the baby blues. A much smaller number suffer from the more severe postpartum depression about 10 to 15 percent.

If you are concerned that a woman you know has postpartum depression, it is vital to get help, find local help at postpartum.net.

 

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