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Suspect in custody after hostage situation with child in North Fort Myers

The child appeared unharmed in the incident
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Posted at 11:10 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-07 17:37:25-05

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hostage negotiators and a SWAT team responded to a North Fort Myers home Friday morning after deputies say a man held a small child hostage in a home.

It happened around 5 a.m. at a home in the area of Euclid Avenue.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office ,Christoper Watson was in a verbal argument with another resident, which led to barricade himself in the home with a 9-month-old boy.

During negotiations with authorities, the man reportedly threatened to harm himself and the child.

The sheriff's office decided to perform a tactical breach, in which the child was safely removed from the home, and appeared to be well.

The man was taken into custody.

We'll update as more information becomes available.