Following the propagation of false information regarding Boston Children’s Hospital’s gender-affirming services via viral TikToks, a suspect connected to a bomb threat there was apprehended.

According to the FBI, a lady was detained on suspicion of making a bomb threat to the Boston Children’s Hospital. Online rumors about the hospital performing hysterectomies on minors have recently gained traction. According to hospital administrators, the hospital has received harassment because of its gender-affirming medical treatments. Join our weekday newsletter list to receive original analysis, news, and trends in your inbox. A lady from Westfield, Massachusetts, was detained by federal investigators on August 30 after allegedly calling the Boston Children’s Hospital with a false bomb threat.

US attorney Rachael Rollins revealed at a press conference that Catherine Leavy was detained at her residence on Thursday morning. She was not given a specific age at the announcement.

Authorities assert that the suspect was the caller who falsely threatened to detonate a bomb at a Boston hospital on August 30.
According to Rollins, the caller reportedly added, “You best evacuate everyone, you sickos. There is a bomb on the way to the hospital.”

An FBI agent claimed during the conference that the threat resulted in an immediate lockdown of the hospital and the neighborhood and the dispatch of a bomb squad to investigate the building. According to Rollins, no bombs were discovered.

Authorities were able to trace the phone call to the suspect’s phone using a court-approved search warrant, the attorney claimed.
She is accused of making a bogus bomb threat over the phone on one count. Rollins was unable to comment on potential causes.

Authorities stated during the press conference that Boston Children’s Hospital has recently been the victim of a “continuous harassment campaign” due to the services it offers.

At the news conference, FBI agent Joe Bonavolonta stated, “Boston Children’s Hospital has been the target of sustained harassment in recent months linked to the airing of complaints regarding services they give to gender-diverse and transgender individuals and their families.”

Numerous hoax threats, individual death threats, and mass casualty threats were made against the hospital, which at times led to patients being transferred to other facilities, according to the agent.

On September 9, less than two weeks after the call from August 30, Boston Children’s Hospital got a second bomb threat. The second call was not allegedly made by the person named on Thursday.

The hospital was allegedly performing hysterectomies, a medical procedure that includes removing all or part of the uterus, on minors, according to posts on social media. More than 1.7 million people have seen a tweet from the well-known right-wing account Libs of Tik Tok in which it was claimed that the hospital was performing hysterectomies on underage girls.

The claims are “based on the false statement that Boston Children’s performs hysterectomies on minors in connection with transgender care,” according to a hospital representative, according to told Boston 25 News .