A Pennsylvania man was arrested after attempting to flush an infant down a toilet when a domestic dispute escalated to epic proportions.
31-year-old Dennis Gateley and woman were arguing at a home at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, when heâ€™s alleged to have thrown punches and caused the babyâ€™s head to hit a wall..
Gateley was in a heated and physical argument with the woman others who were trying to get the baby out of his arms when he went into a bathroom in the home and was purportedly seen trying to shove the six-week-old babyâ€™s head into the toilet in an apparent effort to drown him.
A witness told authorities that sheâ€™d seen the enraged man throw the babyâ€™s crib at the family, pointing at them and saying to her, â€œIâ€™m going to kill themâ€ before going into a bedroom where he keeps his guns.
The terrified family were finally able to rescue the baby and ran outside.
Gateley, who had since retrieved a gun, stayed inside. Then SWAT was called.
Sonya Toler, the Pittsburgh Public Safety Spokeswoman, says that, luckily, negotiators were able to de-escalate the situation and convince him to surrender. That was over two hours after it all began.
After Mr. Gateley was taken to the hospital for a dog bite, heâ€™s said to have become enraged at officers.
Heâ€™s been charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and multiple firearms violations.