Woman arrested for bringing life-like dolls in hospital

MERCED, Calif. - Tonya Boehs says she hasn't left her apartment since Monday. That's when Mercy Medical Center sent out these two pictures: Depicting Tonya and her husband with life-like dolls.

"For the sake of security I've never even considered taking them up into the hospital like we did but we were suggested by nurses," she said.

She says her husband was getting treated, and they figured why not showcase the dolls, Boehs said. It's her business; she takes them with her wherever she goes.

"I take them places with me for advertisement purposes obviously they speak for themselves," she said.

She says they left after security got involved -- a consequence she never intended to happen.

"I'm sorry for the misunderstanding if I knew that this would happen I wouldn't have done it. In no way did I feel ... I didn't mean to make anybody feel threatened or scared or freaked out."

Boehs went on to tell us-that she makes the dolls for women who have lost babies or can't have them, and she says they're therapy for elderly patients.

"It's just the comfort," she said.

She says she also finds solace in the very real to life babies? As cervical cancer stole her chance at having any more children.

"What matters most to me is the help I can give other people," she said.

But police say the evidence says something else. They don't buy her story that it was a sales pitch.

"We are concerned because she did show up at the ER and attempted to get into the maternity ward not once but twice, so that concerns us. We're afraid for the potentiality of an abduction," Merced Police Captain Tom Trindad said.

Boehs will be booked in and out of jail and will have to appear in court at a later date. Trespassing at a maternity ward is a misdemeanor offense.


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