Machete-wielding woman leads cops on chase after daycare altercation

SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) - A woman in Sunrise led police on a chase Wednesday morning after allegedly threatening a daycare worker with a machete.

Sunrise Police said 25-year-old Ashley Dailey attempted to kidnap her children from the daycare at 10092 W. Oakland Park Blvd. early Wednesday morning.

Dailey does not have custody of her children and is court-ordered to stay away from the daycare, according to a police report.

The report goes on to say that Dailey went inside the daycare and reportedly hit a worker before running to her Toyota Camry without her children.

Witnesses said they could hear the commotion from next door. “We heard somebody screaming and cursing,” said witness Silvia Azoulay.

Daniel Hen said he was praying at the synagogue next to the daycare when he heard the commotion. He only speaks Hebrew, so his friend Azoulay translated for him. “He heard like a boom, and he saw a lady run to her car,” Azoulay said. “One of the workers came outside to try to write the car number.”

Dailey then went to her car and grabbed a machete. “The lady that ran to the car was screaming at the worker that if she’s gonna get closer, she’s gonna hit her,” Azoulay said. “She get inside the car. She wanted to run away and she hit another car.”

Once police arrived on the scene, Dailey got in her car and sped away, leading officers on a chase.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies eventually stopped Dailey in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, near Commercial Boulevard, which briefly shut down the highway, just after 10 a.m..

Officers had to smash Dailey’s car window to take her into custody.

Back at the daycare, parents arrived to pick up their children in an uneasy state. “It’s not a comfort to bring your child to school and leave them with 25 police cars outside,” said Susan, a mother who leaves her children at the daycare. “Then I get to the corner, and I see the City of Sunrise SWAT team.”

Other than the daycare employee, no one was hurt.

Dailey is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, attempted kidnapping of a minor, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting an officer, fleeing and eluding among other charges.

She is being held at the Broward County jail.

Dailey’s two children are now in the custody of their grandmother.

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