Mom’s purse stolen while in Vanderbilt hospital’s waiting room

Kristen Davis
Kristen Davis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Franklin woman was victimized at the hospital, the one place where people least expect it while feeling sick and vulnerable.

While in the waiting room, Kristen Davis says someone stole her purse full of cash, credit cards, and her treasured wedding ring.

It happened last Monday around 1 p.m. at the main lobby of the adult hospital.

The latest incident is just one more tough moment for Davis and her family.

Davis has spent the last 18 months dealing with a very sick baby. Her daughter Claire was born with a heart defect, which doctors fixed, and soon after found out she has leukemia.

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It happened last Monday around 1 p.m. at the main lobby of the adult hospital.

Claire went through six rounds of chemotherapy, and the robbery of Davis’ purse came as her family waits for results they pray will be good.

Davis was in the waiting room at Vanderbilt as a patient herself Monday when her purse was stolen right out of her diaper bag on the back of Claire’s stroller.

“It breaks my heart to think that someone would take advantage of someone who is already in a vulnerable position,” she told News 2. “Kind of feel like they’re kicking a dog when it is already down.”

Davis said she had hundreds of dollars in cash along with her wedding ring, which was taking to get re-sized following her doctor’s appointment.

“Most heartbreaking thing is losing my wedding ring. That is something I cannot get back,” she said, adding, “It’s really upsetting to think that someone at the hospital either waiting to prey on someone or someone is a similar situation as us.”

Davis told News 2 her credit cards were used at a few convenience stores and Vanderbilt police are working to secure the surveillance footage.

There was also video of the waiting room where the theft occurred. Davis said she saw the footage, and the only shot police have pulled so far is of her coming into the hospital, but where the crime might have taken place is blocked by a pillar.

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