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Detroit Woman in New York Hospital After Dogging David Letterman

October 6, 1993

NEW YORK (AP) _ A fan of David Letterman was hospitalized for observation after she refused to leave the studio where Letterman tapes his show until he would marry her.

Janice Mitchell McPhail, 26, ″drove all the way from Detroit with her 3- year-old daughter and then she tried to sneak into the Letterman Show,″ said police spokeswoman Sgt. Tina Mohrmann.

Police were called Tuesday afternoon when McPhail refused to leave the Ed Sullivan Theater ″until she married Dave Letterman,″ Mohrmann said.

The woman apparently slept in her car Monday night with the toddler, the sergeant said.

McPhail was in St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital for psychiatric observation today. The toddler was turned over to city child welfare officials.

The woman’s relatives said in Detroit on Tuesday that she had no history of mental health problems.

″It’s mind boggling,″ said her mother, Sylvia McPhail. ″She’s unpredictable. When she decides she’s going to do something, she does it.″

Letterman never mentioned the woman or the incident on his program.

It was not the first time Letterman has received unwanted attention from a fan. Margaret Ray, 41, of Denver, has attempted to break into his Connecticut home several times and been detained by police. She previously has ignored court orders to leave Letterman alone.

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