Ohio woman slammed to ground and has mouth forced open after taking Tylenol
AKRON, Ohio (Derek Drake) -- An Akron, Ohio woman was tackled and forced to open her mouth by Sheriff deputies after she took a Tylenol.
The incident was captured on surveillance video at the Summit County Courthouse where Siobhan Householder, 34, was in a waiting room.
Householder was waiting while a warrant was reportedly being lifted on a charge of failing to appear at a domestic relations court hearing.
The footage, obtained by the Akron Beacon Journal, shows Householder enter the room on her own accord, no police escort, carrying a purse, another bag and a plastic cup of soda.
Not long after she sat down Householder said she took two Tylenol pills, and was taking another when Deputy Eric Vaughan confronted her.
"He said, 'What are you taking?' and I said, Tylenol," she recalled to the Akron Beacon Journal. "And he said, 'Spit it out!' And I said, 'I can't.' I meant to say I can't spit it out because I had already swallowed the other pills.
"But I didn't even get that part out before he just yanked me up and threw me down on the ground and was trying to dig these pills out of mouth.
"And there was one [pill] in there and I couldn't even get it out because he kept shoving his hand in my mouth and squeezing my face and pulling my hair at the same time."
The deputy is seen wrestling Householder to the ground while grabbing the woman's hair and forcing his hand to her jaw.
"He was pulling down on my bottom lip and squeezing my face at the same time," she said in an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal. "He basically pulled my lip away from my teeth."
She told the paper she suffered a bruised chin, cuts inside her mouth, bruises to her legs and some hair loss.
At one point during the footage one can see the prescription bottle fall to the floor. The deputy picks it up and reads the label, eventually appearing to pick up a pill that fell on the floor.
Householder, a mother of three, was eventually handcuffed and she and her bags were searched. She was then taken to Akron General Medical Center for treatment for her injuries.
"They were acting like I wanted to escape from Alcatraz," she told the paper. "It was awful."
A sheriff's spokesman told the Akron newspaper that the woman was stopped from taking the medication "for her own protection," and was in custody at the time, though Householder said she was unaware she was ever in custody at the courthouse. A court spokeperson also said she was in custody until she could be booked and released.
"While taking Ms. Householder into custody, Deputy Vaughan witnessed her attempt to ingest several pills," Sheriff's inspector and spokesman Bill Holland wrote in an emailed statement to the Akron Beacon Journal. "He restrained her for her safety and she was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released."
Deputies in the courthouse reportedly seized Householder's prescribed medications, which include nine Tylenol and two Diazepam tablets. They also reportedly seized 26 ibuprofen tablets Householder had in a plastic sandwich bag that were kept in her purse, and three unknown pills they said were in a latex glove. Householder disputes putting any pills in a latex glove.
According to court records, Householder has not been charged with any drug offenses.
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