WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The woman believed to be going around to hospitals across the Carolinas to abduct a baby is speaking out, after she was arrested for being inside the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington without permission.
“Yes, I did go to the hospital. I’ve done it many times, but not to kidnap a child,” Linda Mae Everett said.
The Archdale woman is accused of going to the hospital check-in desk on April 5, but was denied entry. She says she was there to give Bibles to new mothers.
Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital Administrator Barbara Buechler says Everett was spotted inside the patient care areas without permission.
“She did make it past the front lobby,” Buechler said.
Buechler says the only was she could have gotten inside was by “tailgating.”
“It’s really one of the big reasons why we have the redundant systems in place. So if I have a badge and someone is behind me and I walk in the door and the next person comes in with me, even though they don’t have a badge, now they’ve accessed the unit,” Buechler said.
The hospital says Everett was not close to the neonatal intensive care unit, and she was escorted out of the hospital.
But Everett says she was there to hand out Bibles to the new babies. Everette says a nurse took her to a couple of rooms to hand out Bibles, even stopping at the room of a mother whose baby had died.
“The nurse knocked on the door, asked if I could come in if they wanted company, and they said that was fine, and I gave her a Bible. She hugged me. She cried,” Everett said.
The hospital says Everett did not get to the neo-natal intensive care unit because of their security measures in place, even if some think they’re inconvenient.
“Support the security measures at the hospital to understand that we don’t do them to interfere with their joy or to make them more anxious, but really it’s about the security of our patients,” Buechler said.
Everett says once a flier appeared online saying she was wanted for abducting babies, she began receiving threats.
“I tried to kill myself because I couldn’t take it. I know I didn’t do it,” Everett said. “All I was doing was giving a gift to someone, and to me that is no crime.”
Everette is charged with three counts of breaking and entering and larceny. She is scheduled to appear in court in New Hanover County on May 21.
Even though Everett says she went to hand out Bibles, the arrest warrant says she’s charged with larceny because she stole religious items from the gift shop at the hospital.