Toddler discovered useless in Rowlett; father in custody after SWAT standoff

An infant was found dead Friday night during a welfare check in Rowlett, and the boy’s father was taken into custody after an hours-long SWAT standoff, police said Saturday.

Police responded about 7 pm to the 3000 block of Silver Springs Way after a woman called and said her husband was behaving strangely. The woman said she was concerned for her infant child, whom he was caring for at the home, police said.

Officers were able to speak briefly with the man but he quickly stopped responding to them, police said.

Eventually, officers opened the garage and found an unresponsive child in a car, police said.

Officers performed CPR and the child was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity and cause of death were not released.

Police established a perimeter around the home after the man’s wife told officers he had a handgun. Officers tried to contact the man for several hours using “multiple modes of communication” but were unsuccessful, police said.

Gas irritants were deployed into the home, and the Rowlett SWAT team used a drone and robot to keep an eye on the man inside, police said.

About 2 am, the SWAT team entered the home and the man was taken into custody.

The man, whose name was not released, was hospitalized for undisclosed injuries. Police said he faces multiple felony charges but did not elaborate.

Three members of the SWAT team were treated at a hospital for injuries they sustained during the standoff and later released.

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