A Texas teenager who police said announced on social media she would intentionally spread the coronavirus has been arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat.
Police in Carrollton, near Dallas, arrested Lorraine Maradiaga, 18, late Tuesday morning after arranging her surrender to the city jail.
“Maradiaga has stated that she is COVID-19 negative, and we currently have no proof that Maradiaga has tested positive,” Carrollton police said in a statement.
She was arraigned Tuesday and her bond was set at $20,000. As a condition of her bond, she must quarantine for 21 days upon date of release from custody as a precaution, police said.
Maradiaga claimed in a series of Snapchat videos to have tested positive for and to be “willfully spreading” COVID-19, the disease associated with coronavirus, according to police.
It is unclear when the videos were recorded. Jolene DeVito, a Carrollton police spokeswoman, said people star sharing them with police on Saturday