Police: Woman armed with gun held newborn grandchild hostage

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Posted: Apr 06, 2016 1:50 PM

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — Police in metro Atlanta say they have arrested a woman who held her newborn grandchild hostage following a domestic argument.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a statement a four-hour standoff with a SWAT team ended peacefully Wednesday. She says the 4-week-old baby was unharmed and the child's grandmother, 57-year-old Laurie Morgan, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless conduct. It was not immediately known if she had an attorney.

Police say the standoff began with a domestic argument at an apartment where Morgan grabbed the baby while holding a gun, then walked outside with the child and fired a gunshot.

Police dispatched a SWAT team, which entered the apartment and arrested Morgan.

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This story has been corrected to show the standoff happened Wednesday, not Tuesday.