WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Westfield woman has been arrested in connection to a hoax bomb threat at the Boston Children’s Hospital.
U.S. Attorney Rachel Rollins has identified the suspect as 37-year-old Catherine Leavy of Westfield. She was arrested at her home and authorities recovered a phone believed to be used to make the bomb threat on August 30th. She will be charged with one count of explosive materials – willfully making a false bomb threat.
“This alleged conduct is disturbing to stay the least,” Rollins said. “The people that work at Children’s Hospital and the parents that bring their loved ones to Children’s Hospital are under enough stress,” she said.
According to charging documents, federal agents began to monitor threats made against the hospital and its employees in August. On August 30th, the children’s hospital received a bomb threat over the phone, where the caller allegedly said, “There is a bomb on the way to the hospital, you better evacuate everybody you sickos.”
The bomb threat caused the Boston Children’ Hospital to lockdown and a bomb squad to search the area. No explosives were found in the hospital. Records obtained by law enforcement allegedly indicated the phone number was in Leavy’s name and that it pinged off a cell tower nearby her home in Westfield the time the bomb threat was made.
Leavy’s motive is unclear but Attorney Rollins said the hospital has recently been under attack because it is home to the first pediatric and adolescent transgender health program in the United States.
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Leavy is scheduled for a hearing on Friday in Boston Federal Court. If found guilty, she faces a sentencing of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.