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Kid Locked in Car Rescued in Mesa by Bar Worker; Indignant Dad Goes Berzerk, Cops Say

A man with a history of mental illness went berserk after a worker at a bar smashed his vehicle's window to help his unattended 5-month-old baby, Mesa police say.

Video surveillance shows that Michael Haynes, 37, (pictured), was in RT O'Sullivan's, 6646 East Superstition Springs Boulevard on Saturday night for about six minutes, says Mesa police Sergeant Ed Wessing. Police aren't sure whether Haynes had a drink or not while in the bar.

Meanwhile, some folks going to the bar pulled up next to Haynes' vehicle and saw a red-faced baby inside, who "appeared to be in distress." The good samaritans told a bar employee, who called 911 and decided to smash one of the vehicle's front windows.

"To them, they were trying to save the baby," Wessing says.

Wessing adds that the action by the bar patrons wasn't unreasonable, though firefighters who looked at the baby decided no medical intervention was required.

Police say Haynes then emerged from the bar and strolled up to a police officer, announcing he was kid's father. The cop decided to detain him while investigating the potential crime, Wessing says, and Haynes resisted the officer's commands. At that point, the officer was worried he'd get stuck in the middle of a fight between Haynes and the citizen rescuers at whom Haynes was angry, Wessing says.

The cop called for backup. Police took Haynes to the ground and applied pressure points.

"That doesn't hurt me," Haynes reportedly told police.

So cops shocked him with a Taser.

"What else you got?" Haynes told them.

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Another Tasing was required to get the guy in handcuffs. But he kept resisting and yelling, so firefighters shot him up with a sedative. Even then, he seemed agitated.

The possible reason for Haynes' attitude: He's off his medications.

Police interviewed the man's friend and the mother of the child, who both said Haynes has a mental disorder and has suicidal and has psychotic episodes when he's not on the right meds. Yet both people apparently knew Haynes hadn't been taking those meds, though the mother told police Haynes seemed to have no problems recently. When Haynes showed up earlier in the evening, asking to take the kid to a friend's house, the mom had no qualms about allowing him, Wessing says.

Police don't know if Haynes had consumed any illegal drugs or alcohol that night. Whatever his problem was, he's facing potential charges of child abuse and resisting arrest.

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