Broward County

Woman arrested after holding infant hostage at knife point, BSO says

Lorraine Drayton
Lorraine Drayton BSO

A Tamarac woman who held an infant hostage at knife point was disarmed when deputies used a taser and a non-lethal shotgun on her Thursday night.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said the incident began when the woman, 33-year-old Lorraine Drayton, escalated an argument with her ex-boyfriend by biting him when he tried to keep her from two kids in the house, in the 8000 block of Northwest 96th Terrace.

Drayton grabbed a knife from the kitchen and barricaded herself inside the bathroom with a 4-month-old boy, deputies said, where she threatened to kill the infant.

BSO deputies couldn’t convince Drayton out of the bathroom, so they broke down the door to find her sitting on the ground, pointing the knife at deputies and threatening to kill the child if they approached.

When she stood up and turned the knife toward the baby, a deputy fired a “less lethal shotgun,” which shoots cloth bags of lead pellets, at her leg. It didn’t stop her.

Drayton was finally subdued after another deputy shocked her with a taser. She was arrested and charged with child abuse, domestic violence and an outstanding warrant for obstruction without violence.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc