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‘The Hunt’ Suspect Megan Everett Captured In Florida

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By Catherine E. Shoichet

Megan Elizabeth Everett, 23, was arrested by law enforcement officials in Palatka for kidnapping her 3-year-old daughter, Lilly Abigail Baumann. Courtesy of CNN

(CNN) — Megan Everett, a Florida mom who’s accused of kidnapping her daughter, is behind bars, a day after CNN’s “The Hunt with John Walsh” told her story.

A landlady who saw the show Sunday night called in a tip when she recognized the mother and daughter were tenants in a rental property she owns south of Palatka, Florida, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said.

That led deputies to the home, where they spotted the mother and daughter inside.

Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies and special agents from the FBI arrested the 23-year-old mother. She’s been booked into the Putnam County Jail on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and concealing a minor contrary to court order. She’ll be extradited to Broward County, Florida, where there’s a warrant for her arrest, the FBI said.

Everett’s daughter, 3-year-old Lilly Abigail Baumann, was recovered unharmed and is in protective custody, authorities said.

Everett’s arrest comes more than a year after she left behind a note at the home of her boyfriend, telling him she’d fled with her daughter: “Dear C, 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. I know she will be safer and happier with my family and I. Love, Meg and Lilly.”

The girl’s father, Robert Baumann, told CNN he’d been searching for his daughter ever since, and was worried about what would happen if his daughter needed medical assistance.

“I think if something was to happen to my daughter, I don’t think Megan’s going to go and seek medical attention,” he said. “I don’t think she’s going to do anything to help the child.”

“I want my daughter to be found,” he said. “I want my daughter to be safe.”

CNN’s Sean Redlitz, Rebecca Kutler and Shimon Prokupecz contributed to this report.

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