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Woman accused of trying to steal baby from Duke nursery

Posted April 20, 2010
Updated April 21, 2010

— A 28-year-old woman is accused of attempting to steal an infant from the nursery at a Duke University Hospital building on Monday, police said.

Tanisha Weaver, 18 Shannon Road in Louisburg, is charged with abduction of children, according to court records. She was being held under a $20,000 bond in the Durham County jail on Tuesday.

Duke police said the incident occurred around 2 p.m. at the hospital's North Ancillary, at 2301 Erwin Road.

Durham Crime Louisburg woman accused of trying to steal baby

Duke Hospital President Kevin Sowers said that the baby and mother were OK. "We continue to provide our support to them," he said.

Hospital staff recognized that Weaver was not authorized to take the child, called police and detained her until investigators arrived, Sowers said.

"We're very proud of our staff and the actions that they took to actually protect the safety and security of the infant," he said, "but also their ability to isolate the perpetrator and actually stop the person until the police arrived."

Sowers said the hospital doesn't plan to change any security procedures as a result of the incident.

"The safety and systems, security, that we have in place to protect our infants and our families actually worked beautifully, and our staff responded in the best way that they could," he said.

Weaver's uncle, Anthony Q. Alston Sr., said she moved to Louisburg two months ago from New Jersey. He said the crime Weaver is accused of is completely out of character for her.


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  • jpkp2003 Apr 21, 2010

    $20K??? Should have known it was a Durham judge that would set bond this low. Durham courts are good for nothing, expecially when it comes to the safety of children. Good ole Durham!!! Whatever... This pathetic sick women should not have received a bond at all. Hope she rots in jail!!! I'm so glad the baby is safe and ok. Good for Duke Hospital.

  • shadow315 Apr 21, 2010

    $20k?!?!?! I still don't get it. It costs like $40k just to have the baby.. Not that you can put a price tag on a baby but $20k just seems SO LOW to me. Maybe the court has a good explanation...

  • sssh.. whisper Apr 21, 2010

    $20,000.000 is a ridiculous bond setting.. should've been way higher than that. Prayers to the baby and his/her family.

  • ERRN Apr 21, 2010

    Did she actually get her hands on the baby? Anyone know details?

  • familyfour Apr 20, 2010

    Nice bond.

    "out of character".....that's what they ALL say.

  • annemarek Apr 20, 2010

    Of course the government does not care about kids. Just look at the news. Now I have a question, why would this woman want to kidnap a baby? Did the baby’s family have money? Did she know the family?

  • shadow315 Apr 20, 2010

    $20k?!?! What crazy judge did that?!?!

  • Eduardo1 Apr 20, 2010

    KIDNAPPING is worth 1 Million bucks. Am I off, or does this not reach the kidnapping level?
    no matter what $20K does not sound like enough

  • hiyadun Apr 20, 2010

    Only $20,000.00 -- That is crazy! It should have been more!!!

  • One Good Dad Apr 20, 2010

    wow....only $20,000.00 bond. That's pretty pathetic. Should of been at least $1,000,000.00