Accused woman stalker charged with forging birth records in Twin Cities case
By Emily Gurnon
St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — At least five men have filed harassment restraining orders against a former Twin Cities woman, claiming she retaliated against them when they broke off the relationship. Bethany Ann Good told three of them — within the past year — that she was pregnant and that they were the father, court documents allege.
She was charged with violating one restraining order six times, but she persuaded a Scott County judge to keep her out of jail because, she said, she was pregnant with twins.
The judge asked for documentation. After several delays, Good produced certified state birth certificates in September for babies she claimed were born Feb. 28.
The Minnesota Department of Health later said it was expunging those records because Good “failed to provide adequate documentation,” a criminal complaint said.
Good, 35, was charged last week in Ramsey County District Court with felony aggravated forgery and making a false statement in a birth registration, a gross misdemeanor.
She also was charged Oct. 27 in Scott County with forgery and contempt of court. The latter charge referred to the pregnancy claim that allowed her to evade jail.
Her address is unknown. The voice mailbox for a phone number Good listed in a court document was full Wednesday.
A review of court records shows the following allegations from men who were involved with Good:
• A Prior Lake man filed a harassment restraining petition in September 2010, asking that Good be barred from contacting him. The petition’s details were not available Wednesday.
• A Shakopee man filed a petition in February 2012, saying Good was sending him unwanted messages, leaving notes on his car and showing up uninvited at his workplace. Good was charged in six separate cases for violating the restraining order and ordered to serve 30 days in jail beginning Jan. 2, 2014. She didn’t show up, and later claimed to Scott County District Judge Caroline Lennon that she was pregnant.
• Another man said he met Good via Match.com. They had one date, during which they had sex. For the next 15 months, Good “has not left me alone,” the man said in his July 2014 petition. She claimed that she became pregnant with his child and delivered stillborn twins prematurely in October 2013. She said she placed the cremated remains in an urn, which she showed him. Good later claimed that the babies were, in fact, alive. Someone delivered an unboxed, unassembled baby swing to his home with a note that read, “Please see that Bethany gets this before they move out of state.”
• A Minneapolis man alleged in a Nov. 3 petition that Good told him he was the father of her unborn child. She ingratiated herself with the mother of the man’s real child and moved in with her for several months. The man told the court that he was afraid he would lose custody of his child because of what Good was doing.
• A Farmington man filed a harassment petition Nov. 14. He had responded to a Craigslist ad that Good placed seeking a home. He rented a room to her in his house. They had sex in September, and she later told him she was pregnant with his child. When police arrested her on a warrant Oct. 23, she told them she had an ectopic pregnancy and could “bleed out” at any moment. They took her to a hospital, where doctors found she was not pregnant.
En route to the Scott County Jail after the hospital visit, Good unbuckled her seat belt and tried to jump out of the moving squad car, a complaint said.
Lennon, the Scott County judge, ordered a mental health evaluation for Good in December 2013 as part of her sentence. It is not clear whether that evaluation was completed.
According to the Ramsey County charges, Good requested $1,200 from one of the men who she claimed impregnated her.
In June, the Scott County court ordered her to produce proof that she gave birth to twins. She sent in a photograph of herself holding two infants, along with an unfiled, undated “recognition of parentage” form.
Show me the birth certificates, the judge said.
In September, Good exchanged emails with a Department of Health employee in the Office of Vital Records. She was told how to document the births.
“She provided documentation and, in reliance on those documents, the state of Minnesota produced birth certificates for the claimed twins,” the Ramsey County complaint said.
A spokesman for the state Department of Health, Scott Smith, did not respond to questions about how Good persuaded officials to issue birth certificates for nonexistent children.
But Smith said the state requires medical information and a sworn affidavit from a birth attendant, such as a midwife.
Good listed the place of birth as a Burnsville address and said a midwife from Texas helped her deliver. A woman living at the address told a Scott County investigator that she knew Good but that no children were born at her home.
“(She) said that Good has claimed to have had twins (Emerson and either Allen or Aidan) in the past and has even shown stretch marks as proof of having children a year or two prior, but that (she) didn’t believe her,” the complaint said.
Good’s whereabouts are unknown, prosecutors said.
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