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Westfield woman indicted on charges related to Boston Children’s Hospital bomb threat

Boston Herald 10/7/2022 Flint McColgan, Boston Herald
BOSTON, MA.- US Attorney for Massachusetts Rachel Rollins speaks as she along with other officials announce federal charges connected to a hoax bomb threat at Boston Children’s hospital during a press conference at the Moakley Federal Courthouse on September 15, 2022 in Boston, MA. © Amanda Sabga/Boston Herald/TNS BOSTON, MA.- US Attorney for Massachusetts Rachel Rollins speaks as she along with other officials announce federal charges connected to a hoax bomb threat at Boston Children’s hospital during a press conference at the Moakley Federal Courthouse on September 15, 2022 in Boston, MA.

A Westfield woman has been indicted on charges related to a hoax bomb threat at Boston Children’s Hospital in August.

Catherine Leavy, 37, was indicted on one count of making a false bomb threat and one count of intentionally conveying false or misleading information that a bomb was on the way to Boston Children’s Hospital.

“There is a bomb on the way to the hospital, you better evacuate everybody you sickos,” Leavy allegedly told a hospital phone operator on Aug. 30, the Herald previously reported.

The nature of that phone call led hospital authorities to place the campus in lockdown and city authorities to lock down the surrounding area, according to the Department of Justice.

An investigation indicates that the call was placed on Leavy’s personal phone, according to court documents, and cell tower data placed the phone somewhere around Leavy’s residence at the time of the call.

The FBI searched Leavy’s home on Sept. 15 and reported that they found the phone in her bedroom. During an interview at her home, the FBI alleges that she admitted to making the threat but “stated that she had no plan or intention to actually bomb BCH.”

Authorities noted that the threat came around the same time that a transgender-focused unit at the hospital was getting a lot of national attention. Other threats, including two other bomb threats, came in around the same time, the Herald has reported.

Making a false bomb threat carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Intentionally conveying false or misleading information provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and another $250,000 fine.

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