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Police: Attempted baby-napping not motivated by money

Posted April 26, 2010

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— Police said Monday that they believe a woman accused of trying to abduct an infant from a hospital nursery last week acted alone and wasn't seeking a baby for money.

Tanisha Weaver, 28, of 18 Shannon Road in Louisburg, is charged with abduction of children and is being held in the Durham County jail under a $100,000 bond.

Duke University Hospital officials said a woman tried to take a newborn from her mother's room on April 19. 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 in court last Wednesday that Weaver indicated to investigators that she tried to steal the newborn for money or to settle a debt.

Duke University Police Chief John Dailey said Monday that investigators no longer believe money was a motive in the case. He said declined to say what investigators believe prompted the abduction attempt.

Investigators also believe that Weaver had no accomplices, so no additional charges are expected in the case, Dailey said.

Authorities said Weaver also was planning to abduct an infant from Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

A woman matching Weaver's description was acting suspiciously in the hospital on April 17, officials said. The woman, who was dressed in surgical scrubs, passed herself off as a nursing student and was asking questions about the maternity ward, they said.

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

Weaver also faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon in Louisburg.

Police said she placed an online advertisement soliciting pregnant women for a calendar. When a woman tried to back out of participating in the calendar, Weaver pulled a knife on her, police said.

The first hearing on that case was reset Monday to July 27.


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  • Phlebotomia Apr 27, 2010

    She has other children? DNA

  • shortcake53 Apr 26, 2010

    Lock her away before she tries this again. And you can bet your boots she will. As long as shes roaming around, no expectant mother or new baby is safe.

  • ccs1920 Apr 26, 2010

    manofjustice/ You need glasses.

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Apr 26, 2010

    Crazy, crazy, crazy 3 times she has attempted to obtain a baby. She doesn't know right from wrong. She already has a child, so if it was maternal instincts those have been met. She needs to be locked away and never ever be around a baby or pregnant woman.

  • Seenenuff Apr 26, 2010

    Yep. Two bricks shy of a load.

  • EricaSliver Apr 26, 2010

    I'm sure the actual mother of the infant that was almost abducted doesn't share your views that this was understandable, airbornemonty...

  • runinlat Apr 26, 2010

    She still crazy...

  • justaconservativeguy Apr 26, 2010

    How can you try and make a crime like this OK just because of her "motherly instinct". I am sure there are many women out there that have a strong motherly instinct, but they do not abduct someone elses baby. This is wrong, there is no way to justify it. She needs help.

  • airbornemonty Apr 26, 2010

    I know the woman broke the law but on the other hand, if she attempted to abducted the child because her motherly instinct was so overwhelming that she wasn't able to control it then I can understand that.

    Nevertheless, she broke the law and she will have to deal with that. I do sincerely hope she gets the help she needs.

  • manofjustice Apr 26, 2010

    This beautiful lady needs professional help. She needs to be evaluated. I think she has a fixation on babies and what has prompted this needs to be discussed in a professional setting. I will continue to pray for her and I hope that after she admits her wrong doing she can be on the road to recovery and be the best runway model in America.