Indianapolis doctor threatened over H1N1 shots
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Marion County - A local pediatrician is the target of alleged death threats for giving H1N1 shots to children. It's prompted metro police to alert Indiana Homeland Security.
All across the country in public clinics and private offices, the images are the same: children getting H1N1 flu shots at the recommendation of top health experts.
Video of one local doctor giving shots was shown on the CBS Evening News.
What happened next has local and state law enforcement tracking down reported threats against the doctor and her pregnant nurse assistant.
"Making threatening phone calls or threats over the internet, yeah, you could be in violation of a criminal act," said Lt. Jeff Duhamell, spokesman with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responding to the investigation.
The calls allegedly came from Stan Lippmann of Seattle, Washington.
According to the Metro Police report:
"Mr. Lippmann said that something bad might happen to the doctor and her nurse and the nurse's unborn baby. He further said 'the H1N1 virus is a hoax made up by the government in order to inoculate thousands of children to get them sick.'"
Lippman claims that "the flu shot that is now given to children contains 1,600 times as much mercury as a can of tuna."
According to Lippmann's website, he suffered a near life-threatening experience after receiving a mandated flu shot at a Washington State School. He keeps a vaccine update on the site focusing on the number of Israelis who die after getting shots.
"Rest assured we'll be looking into it," said Lt. Duhamell. "He's got his own website so it's not like he's trying to hide anything and we'll find out exactly what's going on and how severe the threats are," he added.
Eyewitness News spoke on the phone with the doctor targeted. She did not want to speak on camera, but told Metro police, she "is very concerned for the safety of her medical personnel and feels like her life is being threatened."
The doctor's offices in Ohio have also been targeted. Metro Police say they are working with the FBI and Homeland Security's fusion center as part of this interstate investigation.