TAMPA — A 27-year-old mother accused of threatening to blow up a child care center was arrested Wednesday night after sending a threatening message to a news reporter, officials said.
Recia Henry, 27, of Tampa was charged with threatening to discharge a destructive device after she threatened to blow up the Eckerd Community Alternative, formerly known as the Hillsborough Kids Inc. east care center, officials said.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Henry sent a text message to a local news reporter that stated: "seems like I gotta make threats to be heard, its f---- up how I'm being done with my kids but if I go and blow up the H.K.I East Care Center then everyone is gonna want to listen then."
Shortly after, the reporter contacted law enforcement officials.
Deputies responded to the center, 4520 Oak Fair Blvd., and searched the building, but did not find anything suspicious.
About 8:40 p.m., deputies knocked on Henry's door. She admitted she had sent the text and showed officials her cellphone, officials said. She was booked into jail and was being held Thursday on $7,500 bail.