Mother Kidnaps Daughter to Avoid Vaccinating Her

Megan Elizabeth Everett wrote she didn't want her daughter 'brainwashed'

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 16, 2014 6:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Florida woman vanished with her 2-year-old daughter Lilly early last month, in an alleged kidnapping case said to revolve around vaccines, schooling ... and the Confederacy. In a note to Lilly's father documented in court records, Megan Elizabeth Everett, 22, reportedly explained that she didn't want their child to be vaccinated and brainwashed in preschool. Robert Baumann, who tells NBC Miami he was indeed planning to vaccinate Lilly, says Everett wanted to prevent the vaccination in order to keep Lilly out of school, where she'd be taught black history. "She just wanted her to learn about the Confederacy," he says.

The two were never married and agreed to joint custody in April, reports the Orlando Sun Sentinel, but in her letter to Baumann, Everett reportedly wrote, "I cannot let a judge tell me how my daughter should be raised. We will miss you. But I had to leave." Everett's mother says Everett cut family ties after getting involved with a man court documents describe as a "Confederate-flag-waving gun enthusiast" named Carlos Lesters. (One photo of Lilly shows the toddler sitting next to boxes of live ammunition while sucking on a pacifier.) Everett and Lilly were last seen May 6, and Lesters reportedly told police Everett "knew she would have to live her life as a fugitive." The Sun Sentinel was unable to make contact with Lesters, who it notes has not been accused of anything.

A woman gets a flu vaccination from a nurse at a subway station in Mexico City, Monday Jan. 27, 2014.
A woman gets a flu vaccination from a nurse at a subway station in Mexico City, Monday Jan. 27, 2014.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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