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May 1, 2014

Woman admits stalking, threatening Beverly Hospital nurse


In January, after she had been banned from the hospital, she arrived by ambulance and immediately made eye contact with the nurse. “I’m going to kill her,” she yelled.

A few days later the nurse was on Facebook and discovered that someone had set up a phony Facebook page in her name, containing information about where she lived and describing her as “head (expletive) at Beverly Hospital.” The only “friend” on the page was Hammond.

Even after the nurse had obtained a restraining order and the hospital had banned her, Hammond managed to visit the facility five times, said Shaheen.

As a result, the nurse told McCabe, she was forced to miss work. Her children, 11 and 15, worried about her. She had to go to court to obtain a civil harassment restraining order.

“I became a nurse to take care of people,” said the woman. “I never expected to go through something like this.”

She said she lives in fear of the day Hammond is released.

Volker argued that in pleading guilty, “she is taking responsibility for her actions,” which, said the lawyer, were the result of extensive mental health issues and a history of trauma. Her time in custody “has been an eye-opening experience,” said Volker.

In the earlier incident, which occurred last September, Hammond was charged with making a false report of a crime after reporting to police that she had been raped by an acquaintance.

Police spoke to the man, as well as a witness, who both told them that Hammond had actually initiated the sexual contact. Questioned again, Hammond confessed to making up the rape allegation because she was concerned that she might have become pregnant and feared her boyfriend’s reaction.

In that case, she received a year of probation.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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