A Florida nurse who told Vice President Kamala Harris that she was “going to die” is now facing criminal charges, federal authorities announced this week.
According to Fox News, authorities allege that 39-year-old Niviane Petit Phelps said in a video sent in February to her husband, who is in prison, that Harris’ “days are numbered.”
“Kamala Harris, you are going to die,” she allegedly said, according to Fox. “Your days are numbered already.”
The woman also was said to have claimed in the video that she had been paid $53,000 to assassinate the vice president.
Threats against Harris
The Florida Office of Inspector General first notified the Secret Service about Phelps’ threats in early March, Fox reported.
NBC News reports that Phelps had worked as a nurse at Jackson Memorial Medical Center since 2001. She has since been “suspended without pay while we process her employment termination,” her employer said in a statement to a local NBC affiliate.
It remains unclear what drove the health care professional to make the bizarre threats against Harris. Among other claims, Phelps reportedly said that the VP would “die 50 days from today.”
Phelps also reportedly indicated that she believed that Vice President Harris “isn’t actually Black.” Harris is, of course, the first Black American, first South Asian American, and first woman to serve as VP, as NBC notes.
Adding to the intrigue, the 39-year-old was photographed on Feb. 20 at a gun range, and was said to have applied for a concealed weapons permit two days later, according to Fox News.
Facing five years
NBC News reports that Phelps “told investigators that at the time she was angry about Harris becoming vice president but was ‘over it now.'” She is currently being held at a jail in Miami.
According to USA Today, a “criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida” said Phelps “knowingly and willfully made threats to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the Vice President of the United States in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 871.”
If convicted, she faces up to five years in federal prison.