KELSO, WA (KPTV) -- Kelso police restrained a hysterical naked woman suspected of being high on marijuana and a legal drug called Kratom while holding a baby.
The woman, "could be heard yelling hysterically and repeatedly about 'Jesus,'" when officers arrived at her home on the 1300 block of Bowmont Street, according to a police report.
The report says the woman answered the door, "completely naked holding a hammer in her right hand and a naked infant in her left arm. [The woman] swung the hammer 4-5 times yelling 'Leave here!...Jesus!'''
A neighbor said the woman appeared to be afraid of herself.
"She was just screaming out for help and then she didn't want the help. It was terrifying to watch. It really hurt my heart just to see it," said Stephanie Shepardson. "Being a mom, and having her hold the baby and being scared herself, it broke my heart."
The woman was taken to a hospital and her parents took custody of the baby and the woman's other child.
The woman also told officers she smoked marijuana that may have be laced with a toxin, according to the police report.
The woman's father told Fox 12 she admitted to drinking a cup of Kratom tea beforehand.
Kratom, a legal substance found in smoke shops, can act as a stimulant in low doses and as a sedative in higher doses.
Some websites say it can be used to treat mild pain or to ease symptoms of withdrawal from opiates.
The DEA has placed it on a list of Drugs and Chemicals of Concern, saying it can be addictive and cause symptoms of psychosis in some cases.
In the last few months, doctors in the PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center emergency department started treating patients who experience hysterical symptoms after ingesting Kratom.
While doctors saw no cases last year, they are now treating multiple people each week, according to spokesman Randy Querin.
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