Mom Charged With Kidnapping Daughter To Prevent Her From Being Vaccinated

| by Michael Allen

Megan Everett was arrested in Palatka, Florida, on Aug. 3 after more than a year of being on the run from authorities.

The 23-year-old mom allegedly kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter, Lilly, to prevent the child from being vaccinated.

Everett reportedly failed to bring her daughter to the child's father, Robert Baumann, in May 2014; Everett and Baumann share custody of Lilly.

According to the Sun Sentinel last year, Everett left a note for Carlos Lesters, her boyfriend, that stated:

"You are a great dad. If I let them take her and vaccinate her and brainwash her, I wouldn’t be doing what’s right. I cannot let a judge tell me how my daughter should be raised. We will miss you. But I had to leave."

Court records described Lesters as a gun enthusiast who waved the Confederate flag, which bothered Baumann.

Baumann told the Sun Sentinel in 2014:

"One of the issues we had was, she wanted to home-school my daughter. I didn’t want that to happen. She didn’t want Lilly to learn about black history. She just wanted her to learn about the Confederacy.

"She found this new idea that vaccines are horrible. I think she wanted to keep her from being vaccinated because that would keep her out of day care."

Baumann planned to have Lilly vaccinated and enroll her in a preschool, but Everett and the child went missing from their Sunrise, Florida, home.

A viewer of the CNN TV show “The Hunt,” which featured Everett on Aug. 2, recognized the young mom and her daughter as tenants and contacted CNN, which put the landlord in touch with the FBI.

John Walsh, the host of "The Hunt," tweeted on Aug. 3: "Fugitive, Megan Everett, taken into custody this morning as a direct result of 'The Hunt.' Daughter, Lilly, located and safe."

Everett and Lilly were found living in Palatka, which is more than four hours from Sunrise.

“It’s so great, I’m so relieved,” Baumann told the Sun Sentinel. "It just kind of stunned me. I felt like I was running around with my head chopped off."

Everett’s mother Pam Everett said that her daughter won't speak to family members until she gets a lawyer, and “still had an attitude.”

Everett is being held without bail in the Putnam County Jail, and will be extradited to Broward County, Florida. She has warrants for kidnapping, interference with custody and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, notes First Coast News.

Sources: Sun Sentinel (2), Twitter, First Coast News / Photo credit: Putnam County Jail Media Handout