Accused baby-napper's court hearing continued

Tanisha Weaver

April 26, 2010 11:31:00 AM PDT
Action on new assault charges against a woman accused of trying to steal a baby from Duke Hospital is postponed until late summer.

Tanisha Weaver was scheduled to appear in a Franklin County courtroom Monday on an assault with a deadly weapon charge. But, the pregnant victim in the case has asked for a continuance.

The Franklin County District Attorney’s Office could not comment on why the victim requested the delay.

Weaver is accused of holding a knife to a pregnant woman’s throat on April 5. Louisburg police say they responded to an apparent fight between two women in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. Police say Weaver fled the scene in her car but was later apprehended. She had a visible cut on her hand.

The pregnant victim identified Weaver as the woman who arranged a meeting with her, saying she needed photographs of pregnant women for a fundraiser.

Weaver will make her next court appearance in Franklin County on July 27. She remains in the Durham County jail under a $100,000 bond for attempted child abduction.

Weaver was arrested in Durham last week after prosecutors say she tried to take a baby from the nursery at Duke Hospital. She allegedly cut an infant's ankle bracelet off - which triggered an alarm.

Prosecutors said it may have been Weaver's second attempt at kidnapping an infant. Officials at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson contacted Durham authorities after seeing media reports on the Duke incident.

Weaver seen on surveillance cameras at Parham Hospital. She allegedly had on surgical scrubs and told workers she was a nursing student. A spokesperson at Parham said Weaver never got near an infant in that incident.

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