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Suspicious woman at MPMC later attempts kidnapping

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July 1, 2010

Threat identified before incident occurred

There are plenty of locations hospital security personnel have to worry about in their hospital and around campus, least of all the ED. But one area that has lots of visitors—and lots of risk—is the maternity unit. 

Although most hospitals have protocols and drills in place to prevent infant abduction, it remains a constant threat—a point made clear by recent events in two North Carolina hospitals. 

When Tanisha Weaver, 28, allegedly tried to take an infant from Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, (which could not be reached for comment) April 19, she was caught by security and later charged with attempted kidnapping. 

A week earlier, the woman had shown up at Maria Parham Medical Center (MPMC) in Henderson, NC, acting suspicious and was eventually escorted out of the hospital. In both cases, because of security measures, no infants were harmed or abducted.

There are plenty of locations hospital security personnel have to worry about in their hospital and around campus, least of all the ED. But one area that has lots of visitors—and lots of risk—is the maternity unit.

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