Megan Everett, a 22-year-old mom in Sunrise, Florida, abducted her own daughter during a shared-custody visit. Neither Everett nor her two-year-old daughter have been seen since May 6. But the woman’s reasons for taking the child from her father seem bizarre and even Everett’s mother says that Lilly Everett would be better off with her dad.
Everything went bad, the family says, when Megan began a relationship with a man they describe as a right-wing political extremist.
According to a note Megan Everett left behind, she kidnapped Lilly so that the child would not receive vaccinations.
“You are a great dad,” Megan Everett wrote in a note to the toddler’s father, Robert Baumann. “If I let them take her and vaccinate her and brainwash her, I wouldn’t be doing what’s right. I cannot let a judge tell me how my daughter should be raised. We will miss you. But I had to leave.”
Baumann and Everett were never married, but in April, a judge in Florida awarded each parent 50 percent custody of Lilly. Baumann said that he went to pick up Lilly on May 13, intending to get the child vaccinated and enroll her in a pre-school. But that was what alarmed Megan Everett, who also did not want her child to learn about African-Amercans.
“One of the issues we had was, she wanted to home-school my daughter,” said Baumann. “I didn’t want that to happen. She didn’t want Lilly to learn about black history. She just wanted her to learn about the Confederacy.”
Baumann, an air-conditioning repairman, said that when he returned on May 13, a week after dropping off his daughter with Megan Everett, both mother and child had disappeared. Only Megan Everett’s current romantic partner, Carlos Lesters, remained.
“Carlos answers the door, which is her boyfriend, and says she moved and slams the door in my face,” said the girl’s dad.
According to the family, it was when Megan Everett became involved with Lesters that the troubles began. The mom and daughter lived with Everett’s mother until the child was eight months of age.
Court documents describe Lesters as a gun enthusiast who displays the Confederate flag. Baumann says tat his daughter was exposed to firearms in the home Megan shared with Lesters, whom he says converted Megan into a right-wing political extremist.
A photo shows Lilly surrounded by a stockpile of ammunition.
“There was a concern with the Confederacy and the fact that they’re extremists,” said Robert Baumann. “They’ve taken (Lilly) to a protest. I fear for her safety and I just want her to come home safe.”
“In the state of mind my daughter is in, Lilly would be better off with Robert,” Pam Everett, Lilly’s grandmother, said. “I have four kids, and Megan is my baby. I don’t know what happened to her.”