A Sunrise, Florida woman disappeared with her two-year-old daughter last month to avoid having the child vaccinated. Now, she faces a federal criminal charge. Megan Elizabeth Everett, 22, and Robert Baumann’s custody case regarding their daughter Lilly seemed to be settled in April, when Broward Circuit Judge Steven Feren granted both parents 50% custody.
Lilly was to be traded between the parents’ homes on Tuesdays weekly, but on May 6 Everett was nowhere to be found for the switch. However, Everett left a note explaining why Baumann would not be spending any more time with his daughter.
“You are a great dad,” she wrote, with the word “great” underlined. “If I let them take her and vaccinate her and brainwash her, I wouldn’t be doing what’s right. I cannot let a judge tell me how my daughter should be raised. We will miss you. But I had to leave.”
On May 19, Broward Circuit Judge Michele Towbin Singer signed a warrant to arrest Everett on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody, and concealing a minor contrary to court order. A federal charge accuses her of crossing state lines to avoid prosecution for the state charges.
“One of the issues we had was, she wanted to home-school my daughter,” said Baumann. “I didn’t want that to happen. She didn’t want Lilly to learn about black history. She just wanted her to learn about the Confederacy.”
Baumann had planned to have his daughter vaccinated and enroll her in preschool the next time she was with him.
“She found this new idea that vaccines are horrible,” Baumann said. “I think she wanted to keep her from being vaccinated because that would keep her out of day care.”
Everett’s mother, Pam, said on Friday that Lilly belongs with her father. “In the state of mind my daughter is in, Lilly would be better off with Robert,” Pam Everett said. “I have four kids, and Megan is my baby. I don’t know what happened to her.”
Megan and Lilly lived with Pam for the first eight months of Lilly’s life, until Megan Everett became involved with a man named Carlos Lesters. After that, she all but severed ties with her family, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Sunrise police went to Megan’s last known address, where they were greeted by Lesters, whom court documents describe as a Confederate flag-waving gun enthusiast. He told police that Megan and Lilly Everett were gone and “not coming back.”
“Lesters informed detectives that Everett … knew she would have to live her life as a fugitive,” the criminal complaint states. “However, in her mind, the time that she spent with her daughter ‘free’ of Baumann would be ‘worth it,’ regardless of how brief the time was.”
Police are still searching for Lilly and Megan Everett, and ask anyone with information to call 954-746-3600