Manchester's SWAT Team's Arrival at Downtown Apartment Only the Beginning of Problems for Family
Photo- Manchester Police SWAT team members at work earlier in the day on Central Street in Manchester.
MANCHESTER — Three family members were arrested by Manchester police Monday when officers returned to their home with the state's Division for Children, Youth & Families after a previous visit with their SWAT team earlier in the day.
The trouble began when the police SWAT team arrived at about 4:18 p.m. at 267 Central St., No. 1, with a search warrant. Police say that when officers attempted to remove minor age children from the home, Jessica Ballam, 18, assaulted them. Ballam's mother, Tammy Ballam, intervened and attempted to "smother" her daughter as police tried to arrest the teen.
Officers were eventually able to arrest the girl and when they attempted to then arrest her mother, her husband, James Ballam, got between police and his wife and pushed an officer, police said.
Both parents were also eventually arrested. It is unknown who the parents are of the minor children and their wheaerabouts.
Jessica Ballam was charged with simple assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, interferrence with custody and violation of bail.
Her mother Tammy was charged with hindering apprehension, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and possesion of a controlled drug, specifically marijuana.
James Ballam was also charged with hindering apprehension, simple assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and contempt of court.
No information on bail or court dates was available from police.