Linda Mae Everett has been charged with three felonies and accused of attempting to steal babies from the children’s hospital at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. on April 5.
The North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) said on April 13 that Everett “is believed to be going to neonatal units of hospitals in North and South Carolina possibly in attempts to abduct a child,” notes WNCN.
However, Everett claims that she was just trying to deliver Bibles to the mothers of newborn babies, even though the moms did not request Bibles.
The New Hanover Regional Medical Center said Everett was originally denied entry.
Barbara Buechler, hospital administrator for the Women’s and Children’s unit, claimed Everett entered the unit by “tailgating”:
This is a case where someone has a badge and someone could follow close behind them, but they would then be stopped by the next line of defense, which did occur in this case.
Everett told WNCN that she presented her driver’s license in the lobby of the hospital, spoke to a nurse about delivering the Bibles and the nurse escorted her to the children’s wing of the hospital:
All I was doing was giving mothers a Bible. I do it all the time. I have been to that hospital four or five times before and have never gotten stopped.
The New Hanover Regional Medical Center said that Everett was not escorted to the unit by a nurse.
After hospital staff saw that Everett did not have a visitor’s badge, they called the police who questioned Everrett and charged her with three counts of felony breaking and entering.
Everett, who later surrendered to police on April 17, countered:
I’m pregnant, a retired firefighter, and have had to bury a child. … This is not who I am. I am a mother, and I would never take someone else’s child.