Police bodycam footage has emerged of the moment a six-year-old girl was escorted from her elementary school in Florida by a group of cops before being committed to a mental health facility after an 'out of control tantrum'.
On February 4, six-year-old Nadia Falk was taken to a mental health facility without her mother's permission after staff at Love Grove Elementary School called social workers claiming the girl, who has ADHD and a personality disorder, was throwing things and harming staff.
Nadia was taken to a mental health facility where she was sedated and held for 48 hours without seeing her mother, Martina. Now, Martina is speaking out about the horrifying ordeal and questions over why the child was treated so harshly are being asked.
Martina expressed her hurt at seeing the footage of her child being taken from the school in Jacksonville before being sent to River Point Behavioral Health Center under the Baker Act, a Florida law that allows temporary detention.
She says Nadia was 'locked away in an isolation room' to calm her down.
Falk said that her daughter, who has special needs, was traumatized and has demanded answers from Duval County Public Schools and the mental health facility where the girl was committed, News4Jax reported.
Nadia Falk was taken to a mental health facility without her mother's permission after staff at Love Grove Elementary School called social workers claiming the girl, who has ADHD and a personality disorder, was throwing things and harming staff
Sympathetic police officers are heard questioning why they were sent for.
One even remarks: 'She seems pleasant. the footage released by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Thursday shows'.
Nadia was heard asking: 'Am I going to jail?' after cops were called in.
The female cop who led Nadia to the police car says: 'She's been so co-operative with me'.
'I think they don't want to deal with it,' another officer says.
Falk's attorney Reganel Reeves, said: 'She had a tantrum. six-year-olds have tantrums. Six-year-olds with special needs have tantrums. The school knew about her tantrums,' Reeves said.
'The police officer had no independent basis to take this child for Baker Act.
'What medical basis did they have to give this child anti-psychotic medicines? That's what we need to know.'
Six-year-old Nadia is seen in the footage being taken away involuntarily from Love Grove Elementary School in Jacksonville by cops
Sympathetic cops led her by the hand and later questioned why they had been called out
Cops can be heard questioning why they had been called out to the school to take Nadia away
He said that they were considering launching a lawsuit.
Falk said: 'I got a call saying that she is so uncontrollable that they had to Baker Act her.
'They called me and said 'Ms. Falk we're calling to let you know that there's nothing else we could do.
'There's nothing else you could do for my 6-year-old? When she was taken to that hospital to be locked away in this isolation, seclusion room. They said they did that as an attempt to calm her down.'
'As a mother I feel helpless. I don't see the benefit of the Baker Act. It's not helping [children]. Locking them away, just to get rid of them.'