Texas police say that children reported horrible torture by their mother after she engaged in an hours-long standoff with a SWAT team.
Police were trying to serve an arrest warrant at the woman’s home in Allen on Monday, but the woman held them off for two hours before finally being arrested.
Video showed the SWAT team with an armored vehicle outside the home on Tanglewood Drive after 36-year-old Lul Top barricaded herself in the attic of the home.
A neighbor caught video of the woman being led away in handcuffs after the standoff ended.
An arrest warrant said that Top was being investigated for a report of an assault against her husband but that police expanded their investigation when they interviewed children and heard their accounts of torture.
They were called to the home on Jan. 8 after the woman allegedly beat her husband with a stick.
The children reportedly told police that Top had threatened to kill them repeatedly and even tried to put a 3-year-old in a heated oven. The affidavit said that the children said the mother would drink alcohol and then grow angry with them when she couldn’t find more alcohol.
The report said that children were asked about “scars resembling knife cuts” on their bodies, and they said that Top had “used a knife on them to make those marks.”
She also allegedly threatened to cut off their fingers and hands with a cleaver. One boy said that that she put a knife to his tongue and also forced him to drink alcohol but that he spit it out.
Child Protective Services removed the children from the home after the allegations were made to police.
Top is charged with six felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was booked into the Colin County Jail.
A neighbor named William Whitney told KDFW-TV that Top had come over to his home and asked if she could borrow his wi-fi internet service.
“Always weird stuff over there. The police were always there,” said Whitney. “Seeing the kids playing out in the back by themselves, no supervision. And to know that was actually happening, it’s sad. It’s really sad.”
Here’s a news video about the incident:
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