Police thwart suicide attempt
by Talia Mollett
September 02, 2009 01:00 AM | 4918 views | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - Marietta Police spent an hour Monday trying to talk a distraught woman down from the ledge of a parking deck at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Sgt. Chris Laycock said the woman, who is 26 years old, had her toes over the edge of the employee parking deck off North Avenue when he arrived on the scene around 5:30 p.m. with crisis negotiators from the police department.

"I was the one that originally made contact with her on the roof. I talked to her for about an hour and was able to get close enough to her that myself and other officers could grab her and pull her off the edge," he said.

Laycock said the woman appeared disheveled.

"She was very distraught over many family issues. Some mental health issues could have also been there," he said. "She didn't want to get down. There were several times that I thought she would jump."

Family members were not at the scene, Laycock said.

Police did not have to deploy a jump bag during the incident and traffic was not shut down in surrounding areas. The incident attracted several bystanders, Laycock said.

Officer Jenny Murphy said the woman, before heading to the parking deck, was at WellStar Kennestone Hospital awaiting a mental evaluation.

She had called a crisis hotline number from Powder Springs threatening to kill herself, Murphy said, and was transported to WellStar Kennestone. Police could not say how the woman was threatening to kill herself.

At the hospital, the woman grew impatient and decided to walk out. A hospital employee called police after seeing her on the ledge, Murphy said.

The woman was taken back into the hospital for an evaluation and treatment, Murphy said.
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June 04, 2013
The sad part about this story is while they were talking her off the ledge that a young man in his 30's were inside the hospital and had locked himself in a bathroom and shot and killed himself. If only a police officer had been walking thru the hospital and saw him. However, they cannot be every where at times that someone needs help.
Vote For Pedro
September 03, 2009
OMG we had better install fences on every parking deck in the state!
Super Dave
September 02, 2009
Way to go Marietta Police!
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