A Lake City woman was arrested Thursday night after police said she attacked her children, then an officer.
Police were called to Lake Jeffery Road just before 8 p.m. for a wellbeing check.
They said 25-year-old Kalandra Perry was standing in the roadway with three small children yelling at passing vehicles. Police said when Officer Michael Del Castillo arrived first on scene, Perry began screaming and acting hysterically.
They said Perry made comments that she was going to kill her children. Police said she had the children, ages 4 and 5, held with one under each arm and with her arms wrapped around their necks and their bodies unsupported. The third child, a 1-year-old, was on the ground pinned between her legs, police said.
Police said as Perry began to choke the two older children, they became unresponsive, at which point Del Castillo tried to free them from Perry's grasp.
Additional officers arrived and assisted Del Castillo in an attempt to gain control over Perry, who maintained a strong grip of the two older children by their necks, police said. They said while trying to free the children from Perry, she lunged forward and bit Del Castillo on his side under his arm.
Officers stunned Perry with a Taser and took control of the children and removed them from Perry's grasp.
Police said Perry continued to violently resist, striking at officers and flailing in the roadway, which had to be shut down due to the incident.
Officers gained control of Perry after stunning her again with a Taser and using of pepper spray.
The children were unharmed except for minor scrapes.
Perry and Del Castillo were taken to the hospital due to injuries sustained during the altercation. Del Castillo was treated and released. Perry was transferred to UF Health Gainesville for a psychiatric evaluation by hospital staff.
A warrant was completed and forwarded to the state's attorney for review of charges. The Department of Children and Families responded and placed the children into the custody of their grandparents pending a further investigation into the incident.
"This is a very sad and traumatic experience for all involved," said Lake City Police Chief Argatha Gilmore. "Thankfully, our officers arrived on the scene quickly and did not hesitate to jump into a dangerous situation to protect the lives of those defenseless children."
Gilmore also thanked the witnesses in the area who promptly called the 911 to report the incident.