May 18, 2024
Teen Pretended to be Doctor’s Assistant for almost a month at CCMC

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — For almost a month, teenager Zachry Bailey posed as a medical skilled and gained entry to 2 Corpus Christi hospitals.

An investigation by the Corpus Christi Police Division revealed that is only one factor Bailey faked.

6 Investigates obtained witness statements and paperwork gathered by CCPD throughout its investigation of Bailey.

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KRIS 6 Information

Zachry Bailey pleaded responsible to the third-degree felony of performing as a doctor’s assistant with out a license.

These paperwork reveal what police say was financial institution fraud to buy a $52,000 BMW in March 2022. Bailey drove that automobile from Missouri to Corpus Christi two days after the acquisition to go to his 15-year-old girlfriend.

Police in Missouri have an open case investigating the alleged financial institution fraud, however stated they may not share data on that case as a result of Bailey was a minor on the time of the incident.

In Corpus Christi, 6 Investigates discovered his story started at a neighborhood retail store, Scrubs-R-US.

In keeping with CCPD and courtroom paperwork, Bailey bought $41 value of scrubs from Scrubs-R-Us. After having these scrubs in hand, his subsequent cease was a Corpus Christi hospital.

It was at Corpus Christi Medical Heart’s Bay Space Hospital that Bailey, wearing scrubs, requested for a badge. Paperwork and witness interviews state he claimed to be a touring Physicians Assistant.

That request got here when the hospital’s major human assets employees weren’t within the workplace. The volunteer coordinator was manning the workplace and the desk that makes the badges.

Throughout an interview with CCPD, this volunteer coordinator stated she had reservations about making a badge for Bailey, however was informed to make badges for employees as requested.

“They mainly beat it into our heads that we wanted to be all about customer support, so I used to be like, okay should you ship me an image, then I can get your badge began for you,” stated CCMC’s former Volunteer Coordinator.

KRIS 6 Information is withholding the names of hospital employees interviewed by police to respect the privateness of those present and former staff. 6 Investigates reached out to Bailey and CCMC, however each refused to remark.

That very same CCMC worker informed investigators that she knowledgeable her supervisors concerning the incident the identical day, particularly with Bailey’s obvious age, however nothing got here of it.

“I’ve identified individuals which are very younger, one they simply do not age hardly in any respect, and two they’re simply actually good to allow them to get by faculty quicker, so I used to be making an attempt to not maintain that in opposition to him,” she informed police.

With a badge in hand and disguised as a medical skilled, Bailey was capable of entry two Corpus Christi Medical Heart Hospitals in Corpus Christi, together with Bay Space and Docs Regional. Investigators additionally found he tried to acquire a badge from Driscoll Kids’s Hospital however was denied.

CCPD spoke with an HR recruiter assistant at Driscoll, who stated Bailey referred to as after which confirmed as much as the workplace in search of a badge claiming to be a touring doctor’s assistant.

That HR recruiter stated Driscoll has no such place and that he didn’t seem on any record for employment. She stated that when he was notified, he stepped out of the room, Bailey stated he referred to as “his recruiter” after which claimed to be on the unsuitable hospital.

Armed with a badge to CCMC, badge swipes present he accessed the emergency room, intensive care models, working rooms, catheterization laboratories, and nursery models at Bay Space and Physician’s Regional.

These badge swipes additionally point out he was denied entry to different areas of the hospitals, together with the working room locker room, doctor’s parking gate, doctor’s parking, and working room management room.

“I do not know what his motive would have been with infants, however I imply like ya, it is scary he might even rise up there. It is undoubtedly not comfy figuring out that somebody was in a position to do this,” a CCMC nurse stated whereas being interviewed by CCPD. “These PA’s (doctor assistant), they’ll diagnose, they’ll write orders, they’ll do therapies, they’ll do procedures. What if they provide you some random treatment for a affected person and it harms them?”

Hospital surveillance video reveals Bailey getting into into physician’s lounges and altering rooms in a single pair of scrubs or simply plain garments and exiting in CCMC scrubs or physician’s coats belonging to others.

Utilizing his scrubs and badge from CCMC, police say Bailey additionally gave false data to acquire residency at an condominium complicated, stating that he made $28,000 a month.

Workers on the condominium informed 6 Investigates he would continuously are available within the scrubs, bringing reward baskets, together with Apple watches and different goodies.

In the end the frequent hospital visits induced his story to unravel.

From March thirty first to April twenty eighth, he got here and went with out anybody seeming to note, that’s till one night time he determined to hold across the intensive care unit.

“He was asking them about different docs that work there, speaking concerning the different nurses, speaking about his girlfriend and vehicles and simply all kinds of stuff, and the extra they had been telling me he was speaking concerning the extra I felt one thing will not be proper,” stated a CCMC ICU Nurse. “I do not know if he was particularly asking for entry to the pc, however he was simply mentioning that he would not have entry, which you want a 3-4 ID and he was asking how he will get entry.”

In one other occasion, he even made a slip-up, which wasn’t caught initially, however in hindsight, one nurse stated it appeared one thing simply wasn’t fairly proper.

“He stated it was a neighborhood faculty by Mizzou referred to as Stevens Collage. Within the second, I used to be like oh cool. Within the second, I had forgotten that Stevens School is definitely an all-girls faculty,” stated one of many ICU nurses. “He’s saying he is a PA, that he’s Dr. Gleeson’s PA, that he’s going to return do our procedures. I used to be like, the child seems to be 12 years outdated. I simply do not consider something he is saying.”

After this interplay, and a fast search by the nurses of Bailey’s social media, they decided he was not who he stated he was, he was escorted out, and his badge entry was disabled.

“I really feel unhealthy as a result of I kinda fell for it, I used to be like oh ya, as a result of who does that? Who has the thought to enter the hospital and be like I’ll be a physician right now,” stated the ICU nurse.

The volunteer coordinator that issued the badge was fired that week, one other consequence of Bailey’s actions.

“I knew that I used to be the person who issued the badge, and what goes by my thoughts is had been any sufferers harmed? How unhealthy is it for the hospital?” stated the previous Volunteer Coordinator throughout a police interview.

Now it was as much as CCPD investigators to trace him down. Police knew he was dwelling at Encore 2 flats as a consequence of a site visitors violation he acquired weeks earlier.

Officers determined to make contact with Bailey however didn’t but have a warrant for his arrest.

He was along with his 15-year-old girlfriend, whose mom informed officers, “This appears like a film.”

Officers then impounded Bailey’s BMW, took again the CCMC badge Bailey was utilizing to entry the hospitals, and recovered a bag of scrubs the detectives stated had been stolen.

Detectives checked up on the condominium days later solely to seek out that he had moved out, leaving a $3700 invoice with the complicated. After gathering all of the proof, interviewing witnesses, and buying a warrant, police had been able to make an arrest.

All of it went down at The Sharp Shooter, after an off-duty officer acknowledged Bailey at one other gun store.

He was detained with out incident however had in his possession a “ghost gun” which was described as a home made gun with out a serial quantity.

A majority of these weapons are authorized in Texas for individuals over 21.

Police stated Bailey was driving an outdated Crown Victoria police interceptor with a highlight and radio just like what regulation enforcement makes use of.

After looking out the lodge he was now staying at, investigators discovered a bulletproof vest, a gun belt, ammunition, extra stolen scrubs, and a t-shirt with the phrase “sheriff” written on it.

Investigator’s notes say that due to all this, they consider Bailey was “getting ready to impersonate a peace officer since his PA impersonation was revealed.”

Bailey was arrested in June, and after being launched on bond, he was arrested once more only a month later after 192 violations of a GPS monitoring system.

From there, he was launched on bond in October, and in December pleaded responsible to 2 third-degree felonies, together with that of performing as a doctor’s assistant with out a license and forgery of paperwork.

Sentenced with deferred adjudication, Bailey could have the conviction faraway from his file after six years, so long as he meets the phrases of his neighborhood supervision.

Amongst these phrases embrace finishing a GED, or incomes a highschool diploma, adhering to a curfew, and finishing a number of courses.

These phrases embrace reporting to a neighborhood supervision officer as soon as a month. Bailey requested his supervision be transferred to Oklahoma, however earlier than that switch was authorised, left Texas.

6 Investigates found Bailey was dwelling in Oklahoma Metropolis in violation of his phrases of neighborhood supervision.

Social media movies present a brand new condominium, flashing money, and a brand new ring, and in a minimum of one video he’s nonetheless donning scrubs.

6 Investigates contacted the neighborhood supervision division, who thought Bailey was in Corpus Christi.

After discovering he had left the state and moved to Oklahoma, he was ordered to return to Nueces County and final month went earlier than District Courtroom Decide Nanette Hasette. Bailey was informed to stay in Texas till given permission to maneuver out of state.