Cleveland warns hospitals woman might try to steal baby

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police are warning hospitals that a woman under investigation for fundraisers connected to false claims she was pregnant and had cancer might try to steal a baby.

Cleveland.com reports the Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital outside of Cleveland has posted fliers with Dawn Brown’s photo in its maternity ward after receiving a warning from Cleveland police.

The Cleveland Clinic said in a statement Thursday that the hospital is taking “extra measures” to ensure patient safety.

An alert sent out by Cleveland Clinic police reads:

Information has been received that Dawn Marie Brown is currently running an ongoing scam involving a fake pregnancy. As her story is now being publicly challenged, we request that you be on the lookout for Dawn Marie Brown. Brown is known to have scouted the Fairview Hospital Birthing Center, and is most likely familiar with the area and procedures used. Investigators are concerned that Brown could attempt to try and take a baby from the hospital. If seen in your areas immediately contact your on-site Cleveland Clinic Police Officers.

The Cleveland Clinic released a statement, saying:

Based on information we received from the Cleveland Police Department, we have taken extra measures to ensure patients are safe and secure at Fairview Hospital. We take this matter seriously and want to reassure our patients that their safety is our top priority.

The flier says Brown had scouted Fairview Hospital’s birthing center and was familiar with procedures there.

Brown married Cleveland police officer Kenneth Brown in November. A Cleveland police spokeswoman says he retired Wednesday.

The Cleveland police internal affairs unit is investigating whether he knew his wife had lied about being pregnant or having cancer.

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