Katie Vyktoriah, the mother who got the entire blogosphere to turn around and say OH HELL NO after she alleged that her toddler got a pink headband ripped from his head, isn’t doing so well. After a visit from the authorities to properly assess the Walmart fiasco, Katie, or rather Kathleen Carpenter (her real name) has been taken into police custody herself.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that late Saturday night, Kathleen posted the following update on her Facebook:
“The Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy has just left our home, and all information about the original Wal Mart incident and the ongoing harassment has been documented and is being dealt with. I have been advised NOT to say any more about the situation, as the investigation is ongoing, so thank you all for your support, but I am going to be offline for the next while until all of this is resolved.”
Silence followed and her personal blog was taken down.
But according to the Sentinel, when a deputy went to Kathleen’s home to meet with her, she was making “suicidal statements.”
Under Florida’s Baker Act, Kathleen was then taken into police custody for a mental health evaluation. According to police reports, she has been transferred to Lakeland Regional Medical Center for proper evaluation. No “incident” apparently occurred prompting her being taken into custody:
According to Polk County Sheriff’s Office documents, at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from Carpenter’s home reporting that Carpenter and her son were harassed at Walmart the week before and that after she blogged about the incident, “now they are receiving threats.”
The report on the “harassing/obscene phone calls” was written up by a deputy on Monday. In it, the deputy notes that patrols have been requested in the area for the next two weeks in response to the threats….Carpenter told deputies, according to the report, “that the attention obtained by her story and the negative comments and communications to her had become too much stress and she could not handle the situation…anymore,” and was thinking of killing herself.
In response to her story, Kathleen reportedly received over 11,000 emails which police are describing as “harassing communication” and “obscene.”
At present, authorities are concerned with determining how valid Kathleen’s story really is, according to a police report:
“Based on the continuing media response through Facebook and generated response to the incident by online subscribers, possible video of the incident may be obtained and viewed to in fact verify that the incident actually did occur or if it was all made up.”
Hang in there, Kathleen.