A Florida woman is facing federal charges after she allegedly kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter to avoid her being vaccinated and “brainwashed.”
Megan Elizabeth Everett, 22, allegedly picked up her daughter Lilly in early May and never returned her to her father Robert Baumann.
"You are a great dad," Everett told Baumann in a note. "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."
Broward Circuit Judge Michele Towbin Singer signed a warrant for her arrest on May 19. She is facing charges including kidnapping, interference with custody and concealing a minor contrary to a court order. She’s also facing a federal charge for crossing state lines to avoid prosecution for the state charges, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
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Everett was against Baumann’s plans to vaccinate their daughter and enroll her in preschool.
"One of the issues we had was, she wanted to home-school my daughter," said Baumann. "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."
Everett, who was never married to Baumann, is now involved with a man named Carlos Lesters. Court documents describe Lesters as a “Confederate-flag-waving gun enthusiast.”
Her own mother says the child belongs with her father.
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"In the state of mind my daughter is in, Lilly would be better off with Robert," Pam Everett told the Sun-Sentinel. "I have four kids, and Megan is my baby. I don't know what happened to her."
Everett was last seen on May 6. When police went to her last known address they found Lesters, who isn’t accused of any crime.
"Lesters informed detectives that Everett … knew she would have to live her life as a fugitive," the criminal complaint states. "However, in her mind, the time that she spent with her daughter 'free' of Baumann would be 'worth it,' regardless of how brief the time was."
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Everett or Lilly are asked to call police at 954-746-3600 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).