MERCED, CA (KFSN/CNN) – A woman who created a scare at after bringing life-like dolls into a California hospital has been arrested.
Mercy Medical Center in Merced, CA released images of the woman and her husband carrying several dolls inside with them.
Tonya Whitney Boehs was interrupted by detectives, who told her she was accused of trespassing. But she said that it's all a misunderstanding and that she never meant to scare anyone.
Boehs said she hasn't left her apartment since Monday, when the incident happened.
"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," Boehs said.
She says her husband was getting treated, and they figured why not showcase the dolls. Boehs says it her business, and she takes them with her wherever she goes.
"I take them places with me for advertisement purposes,” Boehs said. ”Obviously they speak for themselves."
Boehs said 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. I didn't mean to make anybody feel threatened or scared or freaked out," Boehs said.
She went on to say that she makes the dolls for women who have lost babies or can't have children. She also said they're therapy for elderly patients.
“It's just the comfort,” Boehs said.
She says she also finds solace in the very life-like dolls; as a cervical cancer survivor, she is unable to have any more children.
"What matters most to me is the help I can give other people," Boehs said.
But police say the evidence says something else, and they don't buy her story that it was just 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, CA Police Department Captain Tom Trindad.
Boehs will be booked in and out of jail, and will have to appear in court at a later date.
She is charged with trespassing at a maternity ward, which is a misdemeanor offense.
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