Belle Glade woman ranting about ‘dead children’ arrested after swinging golf club at elderly woman

Sylestine Singleton

Sylestine Singleton

Responding to a disturbance call of someone potentially high on drugs, arriving deputies were unsure what they were dealing with as an adult woman railed incoherently and displayed an almost super-human ability to escape out of handcuffs.

The woman did not go down easily, and gave deputies a difficult time before finally being subdued. Moments earlier, the woman had reportedly swung a golf club at an elderly woman returning home from church, and followed her to her home. The incident happened Tuesday, September 8 in the area of Southwest C Place and Southwest Avenue C in Belle Glade. People had gathered outside the location to watch as the woman was screaming and shouting incomprehensibly inside an apartment unit.

According to a report of the incident, the woman sounded as though she was arguing with a second party, but there didn’t appear to be a second party in the area.

“Suddenly a black female in a pink floral dress emerged from the door way,” reported Cpl. J. Cunningham. “She was speaking and then immediately answering her own questions. Once she saw me, she began screaming about dead children and being bothered.”

What ensued was a potentially dangerous encounter for the arriving officer, who tried, at first calmly and then more forcibly, to calm or subdue the ranting woman. The suspect span towards the officer in a rage.

While attempting to handcuff her, the woman raised her hand towards the deputy and used her force to attempt to get away. The law enforcement officer got one handcuff on, and then the second, but, as the woman suspect continued to scream and yell and thrash around, she slipped the handcuff off and span toward the officer screaming. After pushing her backwards out of the door, the responding deputy reapplied the handcuffs.

“At this time the cuffs were double-locked and checked for proper fit due to her excessive sweating and ability to slide her hand out of apparently tight cuffs,” said Cpl. Cunningham.

Inside the deputy’s vehicle, the woman continued muttering senseless phrases.

“The female continued screaming and now kicking at the Plexiglass in my back seat. She was talking about how I ‘killed him’ and she asked how I ‘got his stuff.’ The female was making no sense.”

Minutes before deputies arrived, the woman had apparently swung a golf club at an elderly woman, and used it to break through a window of the woman’s apartment unit. According to the victim, she was opening the door to her apartment when the wind grabbed it, knocking it into the adjacent neighbor’s door, and setting off the enraged suspect.

Throughout the ordeal, deputies had no clue who the female suspect was, and it would not be until much later, after she had been treated at Lakeside Medical Center, that officials were able to find out the woman’s name.

Singleton was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting officer, assault on a law enforcement officer, and criminal mischief greater than $200 damage.

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