Investigative Reporter Arrested for Testing Hospital Security

Cecelia Coy-Jones
Cecelia Coy-Jones
NWTH Security Camera
NWTH Security Camera
NWTH Security Camera
NWTH Security Camera
Cecelia Coy-Jones being released from Potter County Jail
Cecelia Coy-Jones being released from Potter County Jail

A recent abduction of an infant from a Lubbock hospital prompted an investigative reporter from the Lubbock NBC affiliate to test hospital security here. Investigative reporter Cecelia Coy-Jones went undercover at both Amarillo hospitals to check on maternity ward security.

Around 7:00 Tuesday evening Jones entered Northwest Texas Hospital wearing scrubs and carrying a large bag. Hospital security quickly became suspicious, and after questioning her they asked Jones to leave.

Jones and her photographer then decided to go next door to Baptist Saint Anthony's hospital. There she was also questioned by officials within 15 minutes of her arrival. She was then put in a holding room for several hours.

Then between 10:30 and 11:00 at night Jones was arrested, and taken to the Potter County Jail. She is being charged with two counts of attempted aggravated kidnapping.

Statement from KCBD General Manager Dan Jackson:

"Our investigative reporter Cecelia Jones was arrested at BSA in Amarillo last night while conducting an undercover NewsChannel 11 investigative report on hospital and maternity ward security. KCBD planned its story over the course of several weeks.  We undertook it to inform the public on security measures that West Texas hospitals have taken in the wake of recent infant kidnappings in Lubbock by individuals posing as nurses. Cecelia did not at any time intentionally enter private areas in the hospital or at any time come into contact with any newborns or patients, nor did she intend to do so.  She fully cooperated with authorities and hospital officials during their investigation. We look forward to resolving this misunderstanding with the Amarillo Police Department as soon as possible."

Statement from Greg Bruce/Vice President  UMC Health System: 

(March 28, 2007) "UMC Health System appreciates the relationship we
have with members of the news media and value the partnership we
have with the media in communicating information to the public we

"Hospital security, especially infant security, is a paramount concern
for UMC and all hospitals. Our goal is to provide as safe and secure of
an environment as possible for our patients, and we are certain the
facilities in Amarillo share that goal."

"It is apparent this investigative reporter was on assignment in
Amarillo, covering hospital security measures. She clearly
demonstrated those measures work well at both Amarillo hospitals. I
hope any misunderstanding related to her identity or intent will be
quickly cleared.

Statement from Covenant Health System:

Covenant Health System commends the Amarillo hospitals and police department in their efforts to protect the integrity of their hospitals' security systems.

In our experience, KCBD NewsChannel 11 is a fine news organization with a history of professionalism.