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Woman steals baby photos on social media, claims they're her children

Created: 08/21/2014 12:53 PM
By: Andy Devine, WGEM

PARIS, Missouri (WGEM) -- Many parents like to show off their children to family and friends by posting photos on social media accounts, but one Missouri mother was shocked when someone stole those precious photos and created fake pages with them.   

Brandi Beckham describes the woman who snatched photos of her nearly 1-year-old twins Paisley and Presley as desperate.

"I think she's just sad, lonely, doesn't have a family and wants children," Beckham said. "She changed their names, went to the lengths of changing their names, their birthdays and saying that she adopted them and we died."

It's a thought that sends any mom's mind racing.

"I was scared, very scared that she was going to come and take my kids," Beckham said.

Monroe County Sheriff David Hoffman handled the case and says Beckham is not alone.

"Upon further investigation, we found two other parents that had children also that this lady had used their pictures and she had told them that she had adopted these children," Hoffman said.

Hoffman says his hands are tied because although what she did could be seen as creepy, it's not illegal.

"For identity theft you have to steal someone's identity for the purpose of financial gain or something like that," Hoffman said.

Hoffman says the case didn't meet the guidelines for stalking because the woman didn't reach out or harass the families in the law's eyes.

The woman was pressured by deputies to remove the fake site and she eventually did. The case is closed and the woman was not charged.

Read more: WGEM

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