A kidnapping charge involving the case of an unhinged Broward mother who defied a court order and stole 2-year-old Lilly Baumann away from her father has been dropped.
Last week, New Times reported that the Broward State Attorney's Office had decided not to go forward with a kidnapping charge aimed at Megan Everett, Lilly's mom — despite the fact that the young woman spent more than a year underground with Lilly. Now it appears Megan's boyfriend and
After she was discovered last month, Everett was charged with felony kidnapping, interference with custody, and removal of a minor against a court order. The kidnapping charge was dropped: Under Florida law, there's no precedent for a kidnapping charge against a parent, according to the Broward State Attorney's Office.
Now, it appears that the charge against
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We've reached out to the state attorney for comment on the dropped kidnapping charge (see below).
UPDATE: An explanation from state attorney spokesperson Kim Fontana:
Carlos Lesters assisted Megan Everett and is, therefore, a principal in what she did. Since we dropped the kidnapping charge against Everett for the reason we gave you previously, the kidnapping charge against Lesters was also dropped. The appropriate charges of Interference with Custody and Removing Minor from state were filed against Lesters as well.