Police: Florida Teenager Posed As A Doctor For A Month
According to police and hospital staff, a teenager posed as a doctor for a month at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, before being caught.
Security guards at St. Mary’s Medical Center told West Palm Beach police the teenager was known at the hospital as a doctor and had been seen entering a secured area, according to a police documents.
Police said the 17-year-old teen apparently walked the halls of the facility wearing a white coat with the hospital’s logo and “anesthesiology” embroidered on the front. He was confronted and eventually detained Tuesday, January 13th while wearing a stethoscope around his neck and a mask on his face.
Dr. Sebastian Kent, an ob-gyn at the hospital, said he encountered the teen as he tended to a patient. Kent also said that the teen introduced himself as Dr. Robinson.
“He was wearing a lab coat, a white coat very similar to a doctor’s coat,” Kent told ABC News today. “I thought you know this person looks so young. … And I just [thought]: ‘Boy, they’re getting out of med school really quickly now.”
The teen’s mother showed up on the scene and informed police that her son was being treated by a doctor for an undisclosed illness but refused to take his medication. The teen was later released to his mother after police and the hospital decided not to press charges.
In a statement, the hospital said: “On January 13, an individual was detained by security at St. Mary’s Medical Center after falsely presenting himself as a physician. The individual never had contact with any hospital patients and did not gain access to any patient care areas of the hospital at any time. The hospital immediately notified local authorities, who took the individual into custody, and we are cooperating with their ongoing investigation. The safety and security of patients is our highest priority.”
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