38 year old Richard Dees has been arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation and child abuse. Pasco law enforcement responded to an address in Zephyrhills to respond to a battery call. Once there, Dees barricaded himself inside a room in the home with a four year old child. Dees threatened suicide and stated the “child would go to heaven with him” and he would “blow up the trailer.” SWAT made entry and detained Richard Dees and the child was taken into custody by CPI. The child was not harmed.

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