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    Talking Undercover reporter arrested during hospital probe

    OOPS... I guess this means the hospital passed?

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    07:41 PM CDT on Friday, March 30, 2007
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    LUBBOCK A television reporter and North Texas native who says she was doing an undercover investigation into security at hospital maternity wards was arrested after walking into a nursery with a large bag and asking questions about child abduction security.


    Cecelia Lynn Coy-Jones

    The arrest came a few weeks after a baby was snatched from a Lubbock hospital by a woman in hospital scrubs who allegedly hid the newborn in her purse.

    Cecelia Lynn Coy-Jones, 33, a reporter for NBC affiliate KCBD-TV in Lubbock, was dressed in a similar way and carrying a large red bag when she entered Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo on Tuesday evening.

    Her questions in the nursery area set off "alarm bells" with security personnel who confronted her, Amarillo police Sgt. Randy TenBrink said. Ms. Coy-Jones then identified herself and told security officers she was trying to see how long it would take for them "to respond to a suspicious person," he said.

    It was not clear how long she was in Northwest hospital before she was noticed. Police were called, and Ms. Coy-Jones was ordered to leave.

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    About 20 minutes later, security personnel at nearby Baptist St. Anthony's Hospital notified an off-duty officer that a woman was asking "odd" questions about security as she stood near a large nursery window, Sgt. TenBrink said.

    The reporter again identified herself and was arrested on suspicion of attempted aggravated kidnapping, TenBrink said.

    Ms. Coy-Jones, whose KCBD biography says she is a graduate of Marcus High School in Flower Mound and Southwest Texas State University, was arraigned on two charges of attempted aggravated kidnapping Wednesday and was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Each second-degree felony charge carries a possible prison term of up to 20 years and a fine up to $10,000.

    "We didn't see the humor in this test," Sgt. TenBrink said. "We don't know that's who she really is, the hospital staff doesn't know that's who she really is."

    Dan Jackson, KCBD general manager, said the station was doing an undercover investigation to see what security measures hospitals and maternity wards were taking after "recent infant kidnappings in Lubbock by individuals posing as nurses."

    Rayshaun Parson, 21, of Clovis, N.M., was indicted last week on federal kidnapping charges for allegedly taking a baby from Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock on March 10. The baby was found in Clovis the next day. She has not entered a plea and remains in custody without bond.

    Last year, a woman was accused of kidnapping a days-old baby from the mother's home after posing as a nurse and befriending the mom in another Lubbock hospital.

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    "We didn't see the humor in this test," Sgt. TenBrink said. "We don't know that's who she really is, the hospital staff doesn't know that's who she really is."
    Not sure what humor has to do with it. As for the hospital staff knowing, that'd sort of blow the whole concept, now wouldn't it?

    I do have to wonder though what safeguards this or any station has in place to deal with undercover reports. Its only reasonable to expect a certain percentage of the time the reporter will get caught - how do they prove they were actually doing a story? Anyone know of any procedures used?

    If nobody else at the station had prior knowledge of her report the fact that she happens to be a reporter and took a camera isn't a clear indication of her intent here.

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    i bet she just can't understand why she got arrested either

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    I wonder if she was actually going to kidnap the baby if they let her, or reveal herself at that point?

    If the plan was to stop at that point, and was documented with her supervisors, I don't think they can convict her for attempted kidnapping (no intent), but they can certainly charge her

    But you know, if her Editors knew of this plan, maybe they can be charged with conspiracy to commit something: Criminal trespass, Health Code violations, HIPPA violations, SOMETHING!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugEyedBeast View Post
    Not sure what humor has to do with it. As for the hospital staff knowing, that'd sort of blow the whole concept, now wouldn't it?

    I do have to wonder though what safeguards this or any station has in place to deal with undercover reports. Its only reasonable to expect a certain percentage of the time the reporter will get caught - how do they prove they were actually doing a story? Anyone know of any procedures used?

    If nobody else at the station had prior knowledge of her report the fact that she happens to be a reporter and took a camera isn't a clear indication of her intent here.
    Good question.I just e-mailed your reply to my younger brother.Up until a coupla months ago he was a reporter for a tv station in Chattanooga,will post his reply if and when he sends it.

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    My brothers reply ,makes sense to me:
    While I have not actually tried anything like this, I have thought about it many times. What this reporter should have done is to work closely with the station management and the highest levels of the police department to let them know what she had planned. Of course, the police department would be hard to convince, but a good reporter could make the case.

    The advance notice would have to be of short duration to prevent any leaks of information to the hospital, but at least when it came to the point that she was caught, or not, the administration in the police department could step in and verify the validity of the reporter's story, that she was merely testing the security in place at the facility.

    At no point should a reporter take it upon themselves to invade a secure facility unknown to anyone but themselves. They place themselves and the facility employees/patients at great risk.

    That's my response to the thread.

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    That makes a lot of sense to me, too.

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    Thanks Mav. That seems a sensible way to go about things.

 

 

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