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Breast cancer patient says she was mistaken for fugitive because of her shaved head

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Erin Peters says she was taken into custody by police in Idaho after they mistook her for a fugitive. (FACEBOOK)

Erin Peters says she was taken into custody by police in Idaho after they mistook her for a fugitive. (FACEBOOK)

POST FALLS, Idaho — A 35-year-old breast cancer patient says she felt humiliated when she was handcuffed and questioned after being mistaken for a Missouri teen wanted in her infant daughter’s death.

The Coeur d’Alene Press newspaper reports that Erin Peters says she was stopped Friday at an Idaho Walmart and questioned for 45 minutes after being mistaken for 18-year-old Whitley Evenson, of Independence, Mo..

Evenson, who was later taken into custody, is charged with murdering her 6-week-old baby last year.

Kootenai County jail booking photo of Whitley Evenson, Oct. 7, 2016

Kootenai County jail booking photo of Whitley Evenson, Oct. 7, 2016

Peters says members of the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force believed she was the Missouri fugitive because her hair is very short.

She says she shaved her hair because of cancer treatments.

Peters underwent a double mastectomy in August, said she stopped at the Walmart after completing a radiation treatment.

She said she was shopping in the girls department when a local law enforcement officer working with the FBI and the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force grabbed her by both arms and told her she was under arrest.

FBI spokesman Richard Collodi says he regrets that Peters was inconvenienced but the task force had to be sure.