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Woman accused of trying to steal a baby from hospitals says she was giving out Bibles, reports say

Linda Mae Everett
Linda Mae Everett North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC)

Authorities have arrested a woman who they believe was going to neonatal units at North and South Carolina hospitals to abduct a baby.

Linda Mae Everett, 36, of Archdale, was arrested in High Point and was given a $10,000 bond. She has since been released on bail. Her next court appearance is set for May 21.

Everett was denied entry into the Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, on April 5, according to an April 13 bulletin from the North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC).

There were warrants out in New Hanover County for Everett's arrest from NHRMC police.

The ISAAC bulletin said Everett "is believed to be going to neonatal units of hospitals in North and South Carolina possibly in attempts to abduct a child."

Everett tried to enter patient care areas at the Wilmington hospital on April 5 without permission after initially being denied entry at the hospital's check-in desk, according to the bulletin.

NHRMC requires visitors to the Women's and Children's Hospital to present photo ID at the front desk to get a visitor's sticker, according to the hospital.

When hospital staff saw that Everett did not have a visitor's badge, they alerted NHRMC police, who questioned her.

Everett was charged with felony breaking and entering because she was not authorized to be in patient care areas. No patients were injured or endangered, according to NHRMC.

NHRMC spokesman Julian March told The Wilmington Star-News that there was no evidence of Everett attempting to remove a child from the hospital on April 5.

Everett gave several interviews this week, where she denied accusations that she was trying to steal a child from the hospitals.

She told WECT and WWAY that she was in town on an unrelated matter and decided to stop by the women's and children's hospital to deliver Bibles to newborns.

An arrest warrant for Everett said she’s charged with larceny because she stole "religious items" from the hospital gift shop.

Everett said she showed ID at the front desk and a nurse escorted her to the children's wing of the hospital.

But the hospital said she was not escorted by a nurse, and entered the patient care areas without authorization, which is why hospital staff called the police and Everett was escorted out by security.

Hospital Administrator Barbara Buechler said the only way Everett could have gotten into those areas was by "tailgating" or closely following someone with proper identification in.

"I'm pregnant, a retired firefighter and have had to bury a child," Everett told WECT. "This is not who I am. I am a mother, and I would never take someone else's child."



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