SEVIER, Utah – A Utah man faces federal terrorism charges after he allegedly called in a bomb threat to the hospital where his wife was in labor, in an effort to delay her from giving birth until he arrived.
Michael Sherman Morlang, 26, was federally indicted by a grand jury Thursday for calling a Sevier County hospital in September and making alleged threats about an explosive device at the facility, FOX 13 reported.
The hospital was evacuated by Richfield police. Patients who required emergency services were diverted to another hospital for several hours.
Authorities conducted a thorough search but did not find any threatening devices.
Officers said hospital staff told them they believed the threat came from Morlang, the husband of a woman who had just had a baby. Nurses told officers the thought the husband called in the threat because he wanted his wife to wait to have the baby until he arrived from Idaho. They told authorities Morlang was “extremely upset” they were proceeding with the birth before he arrived.
Police said Morlang's wife and her father also told them they believed the threat likely came from him as well.