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In Dramatic Video, Florida Cops Rescue Kids, Mom Perched On A Ledge

The dramatic ledge rescue was captured with bodycam footage by Delray Beach Police.

Florida police have released dramatic bodycam footage of their rescue of a distressed 23-year-old mom and her two kids from a rain-soaked ledge.

The officer is calm and conciliatory as he approaches the woman on the ledge with her two kids, the video shows.

"Darling," he says calmly. "Darling."

"She's on molly," a woman in the crowd on the ground says. "She's got the door locked. I can't get in."

In the footage, which Delray Beach cops released Wednesday, the woman stands on a ledge above the garage of a townhouse with her two young children — a one-year-old boy in diapers and a three-year-old girl. They are perched about 15-20 feet above the ground.

The situation unfolded on May 19 around 4 p.m. Various people called 911 to report the dangerous scene, according to a Facebook post by police, and when cops showed up, the door was locked and the woman refused to come down. 

The officer on the ground pleaded with the woman, the video shows.

"Dear, dear, listen to me," he says. "You're not in trouble. Just get the kids back inside please. That's all we want you to do."

The video then shows the arrival of another officer, who is able to gain entrance to the house. He climbs out on the ledge, quickly followed by another officer.

"It's OK," he says. "We're here to help."

The officer secures the children and they begin to cry.

"I want to see your badge," the woman says.

The officer shows her his badge and then tries to secure her, as she screams about her phone.

"It's OK guys," the officer says, as he guides the children along the ledge to an open window, helping them inside carefully and slowly.

Cops took the woman, who was not identified, safely into custody and committed her to a mental health facility, Delray Beach Police said. The Department of Children and Families took the children into their custody.

[Photo: Delray Beach Police]

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