A teen pretended to be a doctor at a South Florida hospital for one month without anyone noticing, and now police are investigating.
Staff members at St. Mary’s Medical Center’s OB/GYN office in West Palm Beach called police on Jan.13 after a patient alerted them that a young boy who “appeared to be a child” was dressed in a doctor’s lab coat, carrying a stethoscope and was inside an exam room, the Sun Sentinel reports.
The patient said the lab coat that the juvenile suspect was wearing had the St. Mary’s logo and “anesthesiology” stitched on the front, according to the incident report.
A security guard told police he had seen the “doctor” around for about a month, according to the report. Another guard said the boy had gained access to secured parts of the hospital this past week.
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The juvenile was located inside the medical pavilion where he was detained. He says he has been a doctor for “years.”
The doctor at the OB/GYN office said he had never seen the boy at the hospital before. Officers and hospital staff have determined that no crime was committed, according to the report.
The teen’s mother says her son is being cared for by a doctor, but “refuses to take any medication” for an undisclosed illness.
According to CBS12, St. Mary’s Medical Center issued a statement on the incident:
“On January 13, an individual was detained by security at St. Mary’s Medical Center after falsely presenting himself as a physician. The individual never had contact with any hospital patients and did not gain access to any patient care areas of the hospital at any time. The hospital immediately notified local authorities, who took the individual into custody, and we are cooperating with their ongoing investigation. The safety and security of patients is our highest priority.”