A Miami-area woman was charged in federal court with making threats to kill Vice President Kamala Harris in a series of videos she sent to her husband in prison, authorities said.
Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, sent five 30-second videos and two photographs to her husband back in February through a service known as "JPay," which is used to share media between incarcerated and non-incarcerated individuals, according to a Secret Service complaint.
"The videos generally depict Phelps complaining and speaking angrily to the camera about her hatred for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, among others," authorities said. "However, in those videos, Phelps also made statements about killing Vice President Harris."
In one video from Feb. 13, Phelps said that Harris was "going to die" after "someone paid me $53,000 just to f--- you up," according to the complaint. In another from Feb. 14, Phelps claimed she was going to a gun range "until you f------ leave the chair," officials said. And in a video from Feb. 18, she said Harris would die in 50 days, according to the complaint.
Authorities said a photo from Feb. 20 showed Phelps at a shooting range smiling while holding a pistol next to a target containing bullet holes. Two days later, she applied for a concealed weapons permit, according to the complaint. A second photo sent to Phelps' husband depicted a "juvenile male, later determined to be Phelps' son, holding a pistol and a target," authorities said.
During an interview with investigators, Phelps claimed she believes Harris "is not actually 'Black,'" according to the complaint. Harris is the first Black American, the first South Asian American and the first woman elected vice president in U.S. history. Phelps is also Black.
Phelps later told investigators that at the time she was angry about Harris becoming vice president but was "over it now," according to the complaint. She was arrested following the investigation.
Phelps, a longtime nurse at the Jackson Memorial Medical Center, was "suspended without pay while we process her employment termination," her employer said in a statement, NBC Miami reported.
She had been working with the hospital since 2001, "spending the past couple years as a licensed practical nurse" working at the facility's Ambulatory Care Center West.
Heroeia Petit, Phelps' mother, told NBC Miami that her daughter is "sick" and "she doesn't even know what she's doing." She hopes the charges can be dropped.
"Don’t punish her ... 'cause she listened to what people tell her," Petit said. "She’s desperate. She don’t got nothing to do. Her husband’s been in jail 10 years, two children. The house, she lost everything."
Phelps is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, records show.