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Genesee County Health Department threat suspect will be allowed to travel

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Helaina Burt

Helaina Burt

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A Grand Blanc woman accused of threatening the Genesee County Health Department last fall will be allowed to travel for spring break.

A Genesee County judge granted a motion from 42-year-old Helaina Burt on Tuesday, giving her permission to leave the state this spring. Her attorney was directed to give the court specifics of the family's spring break plans in advance.

Burt is awaiting trial on a charge of making a false report of terrorism and two counts of malicious use of a telecommunications service. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the terrorism charge.

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Burt's next court appearance is scheduled for April 26.

Investigators say Burt threatened Genesee County Medical Health Officer Dr. Pamela Hackert and Genesee County Health Department Deputy Director Kayleigh Blaney by phone in August.

The alleged threats came after the health department ordered all students, staff and volunteers in kindergarten through sixth grade to wear masks in schools this fall.

The order later was expanded to include everyone in pre-K through 12th grade in all Genesee County schools or educational settings. It expired on Dec. 22, but Hackert says that doesn't mean masks are optional in schools.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said Burt allegedly called an assistant to Hackert and Blaney, identifying herself as Rosa Parks. Burt allegedly told the assistant that she knows where they live and they better leave children alone or they would be killed.

In a statement, Burt’s attorney described her as an all American woman concerned about her kindergartener’s well-being. He claimed that at no time in her phone call to the health department did she ever threaten anyone or discuss violence.

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