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Internet Mom Turns Herself in

July 1, 1998

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _A woman who gave birth as people across the world watched on the Internet _ then disappeared after police said she was wanted for writing bad checks _ turned herself in Tuesday.

Elizabeth Ann Oliver, 40, walked into the Orange County Jail Tuesday afternoon, said Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Cmdr. Steve Jones. She was freed on more than $9,000 bond after a brief stay in jail.

After Mrs. Oliver gave birth June 16 during a broadcast on an Internet site, authorities said they thought she was the woman wanted along with her husband on at least 13 warrants for writing bad checks.

But by that time, the couple had left the hospital, and were nowhere to be found.

Mrs. Oliver, who was known only as Elizabeth to Internet birth watchers, was wanted on nine misdemeanor warrants in Orange County, Jones said.

Her husband, Gilberto Oliver, was wanted by authorities in Seminole County on a probation violation charge also stemming from bad checks, authorities said. Officials didn’t know where he was Tuesday night. Mrs. Oliver also faced charges in Seminole County.

The couple was being sought on charges of writing at least 25 bad checks for more than $1,300 in 1989 and 1990 at central Florida supermarkets, according to state and court documents.

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