Journos Sign Shields' Mom Out of Nursing Home

Enquirer accused of looking for scoop
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2009 3:25 AM CDT
Brooke Shields arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in New York earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
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(Newser) – An outraged Brooke Shields says a pair of tabloid reporters hungry for a story checked her mother, a dementia sufferer, out of a nursing home earlier this week, People reports. Shields says police informed her that two National Enquirer reporters posing as her mother's friends signed her out of the facility. Teri Shields, 75, was later found talking to a reporter at a nearby restaurant.

"As anyone knows who has a parent who suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's, it is one of the most difficult experiences you can go through as a son or daughter," Shields said. “The idea that the National Enquirer took advantage of her state is reprehensible and disgusting." Police are investigating the case but have not yet filed charges.