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Accused baby-napper also faces assault charge

Posted April 22, 2010

— The woman accused of trying to abduct an infant from a Duke University Hospital nursery allegedly pulled a knife on a pregnant woman two weeks ago, police said Thursday.

Louisburg police charges Tanisha Weaver, 28, of 18 Shannon Road in Louisburg, with assault with a deadly weapon on April 5 following an incident in the parking lot of a Walmart in Louisburg.

Tanisha Weaver Accused baby-napper faces assault charge

Capt. Jason Abbott said Weaver placed an online advertisement soliciting pregnant women for a calendar, and she set up a meeting with one woman in the parking lot. When the woman tried to back out of participating in the calendar, Abbott said, Weaver pulled a knife on her.

The woman filed a complaint against Weaver, and police arrested her. Weaver was also cited for driving with a revoked license, Abbott said.

Weaver's trial date on those charges is scheduled for next Monday.

Weaver was being held Thursday in the Durham County Jail under a $100,000 bond. She was charged Monday with abduction of children.

Duke Hospital officials said a woman tried to take a newborn from the hospital's North Ancillary. Hospital staff recognized that the woman wasn't authorized to take the child, called police and detained her until investigators arrived, officials said.

A Durham County prosecutor said Wednesday that Weaver used an elaborate ruse to get the baby's mother out of the room, but when she cut the identification bracelet off the baby's ankle, it triggered an alarm that alerted nurses to the situation.

Weaver later indicated to investigators that she was trying to get a baby because she owed someone money, the prosecutor said.

Officials at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson said a woman matching Weaver's description was acting suspiciously in the hospital last Saturday. The woman, who was dressed in surgical scrubs, passed herself off as a nursing student and was asking questions about the maternity ward, officials said.

The woman was seen leaving the hospital with two unidentified people.

Weaver was fired at the beginning of the month as an after-school tutor at Franklinton Elementary School, said Nathan Moreschi, spokesman for Franklin County Schools. She worked through a company called Academics Plus and tutored students under supervision for about 90 minutes twice a week, Moreschi said.

Weaver told her neighbor, Kawana Jones, that she was pregnant, and she had baby clothes, bottles and a stroller inside her home.

Jones said she became suspicious last weekend when Weaver said she was going into the hospital to give birth and returned home the next day without a baby, saying that she had checked herself out but the baby needed more observation for a respiratory problem.


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  • wildcat Apr 23, 2010

    She should be charge to highest level that the law will allow. She knew right from wrong. This is not a mental case either. Send her to prison judge and jury.

  • jpkp2003 Apr 23, 2010

    I agree with fatchanceimwrong on this. We really should have public stoning. I have a very cold heart for people like this. I hope she gets what deserves in jail by the other prisoners. In my opinion what she deserves can't be typed on this website b/c I would probably get banned from posting anything else.

  • HappyGirl08 Apr 23, 2010

    Good Lord. Sounds like its lucky she failed this last time. One more try at it and she may have managed to steal a child. What a psycho.

  • just my2cents Apr 23, 2010

    If I ever buy something off Craigslist, I always meeting in a public location.....such as a parking lot. Just imagine if this pragnent lady had gone to this crazy woman's home. There would be something far worse than what we are reading now.

  • fatchanceimwrong Apr 23, 2010

    Most people in prison don't take kindly to people to victimize children. I'm sure someone will soon smack that look off her face. Too bad we don't have public stoning for people like her.

  • Tolip Apr 23, 2010

    She has that same, "look through you", "1000 yard stare" look that Ms. Crystal Mangum had in her mug shots.

  • Proud Wife and Mother Apr 23, 2010

    I know that this is way beyond the point, but I'm going to say it anyway...why would anyone want to have a "meeting" with anyone at a Wal-Mart parking lot? In any instance that is really strange, but especially being pregnant you have got to be extremely careful nowadays. Especially if you are dealing with someone that you don't even know.

  • sssh.. whisper Apr 23, 2010

    What a horrible person... please lock her up.

  • Dido Apr 23, 2010

    Glad this woman is off the streets. With three documented attempts to obtain an infant, can't imagine just how far she would go to pay off her "debt".

  • Adelinthe Apr 22, 2010

    This just gets stranger and stranger.

    Praying for her child. Poor thing!

    God bless.