Cleveland Clinic police asking workers to be on the lookout for potential baby snatcher

Dawn Marie Brown attending her baby shower. (Source: Viewer via Facebook)
Dawn Marie Brown attending her baby shower. (Source: Viewer via Facebook)

FAIRVIEW PARK, OH (WOIO) - Extra security is in place at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital for fear that a woman may have been planning ways to snatch a baby.

Cleveland Clinic police have posted an alert flier at the hospital for Dawn Marie Brown, the same woman known as Dawn Vandevelde.

According to the poster, Brown is reportedly running an ongoing scam involving a fake pregnancy.

Investigators are concerned that Brown could attempt to take a baby from the hospital.

In a release the hospital said, "Based on information we received from the Cleveland Police Department, we have taken extra measures to ensure patients are safe and secure at Fairview Hospital. We take this matter seriously and want to reassure our patients that their safety is our top priority."

Brown allegedly crafted fake social media claims petitioning for life-saving blood transfusions needed to save her nonexistent baby. In one, her husband -- Kenneth Brown, a Cleveland police officer -- writes: "Doctor just called. Kassidy Marie, the baby would have a 5 percent chance of survival if delivered now and my beautiful wife still would have no chance at all."

Her Facebook posts sparked widespread community support, including the rank-and-file in the police department. A blood drive was held at the Union Hall on her behalf.

In a 2001 incident, it's believed that Brown concocted a fake triplet story to gain entry into the Fairview Hospital Birthing Center to become familiar with the area and procedures used, according to Cleveland police.

That incident triggered extra security patrols and temporary apprehensions among expectant parents at Fairview. Nothing bad ever happened.

Cleveland Clinic police officers are asking workers that if she is seen on their site to contact them immediately.

In her life Brown has been married and divorced more than a half-dozen times.

The Cleveland Police Department confirmed Thursday afternoon officers were "investigating a complaint of possible fraud being conducted by the wife of a Cleveland police officer."

The department stated it is aware of the claims and is in the process of investigating.

"Investigators are still gathering evidence pertaining to the female's medical records," according to the release.

As for Kenneth Brown, the police officer.

According to the statement, "The police officer associated with the case, Kenneth Brown (husband) retired as of February 7, 2018."

Charges have not been filed in this case.

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