WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/Star News) — After reports came out about a woman allegedly trying to abduct babies from hospitals across the Carolinas, an area hospital spokesperson said she has been arrested.
According to a New Hanover Regional Medical Center Spokesperson, a woman named Linda Everett faces charges for felony breaking and entering and larceny. The hospital spokesperson says Everett was arrested in High Point, and is out on bond.
Law enforcement believes Everett, 36, was trying to abduct a child from neonatal units across the Carolinas and entered NHRMC without authorization earlier this month, police and the hospital said.
According to a law enforcement bulletin, Linda Mae Everett, 36, is wanted on four warrants from New Hanover Regional Medical Center Police. According to court records, the warrants include three counts of felony breaking and entering and one count of misdemeanor larceny. Everett is wanted on an additional misdemeanor larceny warrant in Brunswick County.
“Everett is believed to be going to neonatal units of hospitals in North and South Carolina possibly in attempts to abduct a child,” the April 13 bulletin states before calling on law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout, according to the Star News.
According to Carolyn Fisher with New Hanover Regional, a woman presented herself at the check-in desk on April 5 at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital, where she was denied entry.
The woman eventually entered patient care areas without authorization, Fisher said. Seeing she did not have a visitor’s badge, staff alerted New Hanover Regional Medical Center Company Police, who responded and questioned her.
NHRMC Company Police later charged Everett with felony breaking and entering based on the unauthorized entry to patient care areas. No patients were injured or endangered.
Among other security measures, New Hanover Regional Medical Center requires all visitors, including family members, to the women’s and children’s patient units to present photo identification at the front desk and be issued a visitor’s sticker to wear while visiting. Visitors must also state the name of the patient they wish to see.
NHRMC is committed to ensuring the safety and security of our patients, visitors and staff.