This woman apparently phoned Boston Children’s Hospital and claimed that a bomb was in route, leading to her detention.
A female caller to the Boston Children’s Hospital said that she had received information that a bomb was on its way. The threat turned out to be groundless.
Catherine Leavy, a Westfield, Massachusetts resident, was arrested early Thursday morning, police said.
As a result of fabricating a hoax bomb threat, the 37-year-old man is being charged with one count of federal explosive materials.
After her appearance in court on Thursday afternoon, the judge ordered that she be detained until the outcome of her hearing on Friday.
If convicted, Leavy faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine, according to US Attorney Rachael Rollins.
A worker at the hospital received a phone call from an unknown caller on the evening of the 30th of August.
Caller: “Explosive device blocks hospital road. You idiots must evacuate everyone immediately.” Thursday’s news briefing included Rollins’ remarks.
Rollins said they discussed the hospital’s gender multispecialty program. This initiative guarantees transgender and gender nonconforming people access medical care.
The Children’s Hospital went into lockdown after some time. The several authorities that responded found no explosives.