When Dallas mom Danica Patterson received
screenshots of images of her 4-year-old daughter posted on a stranger's
Facebook page, she was scared.
"It was my daughter! All over his
page," Danica told CBSDFW. "It's scary. That's the only thing I can really say—it's scary."
A strange man from New York had
somehow found the pictures of Danica's daughter and was passing her off as his
The photos he posted were accompanied
by heartfelt comments.
"Y'all can't say [my] daughter
not [my] twin," one comment read. "[My] daughter [sic]gunna break y'all sons [sic] hearts …" read another.
When Danica tried to report the photos
to Facebook, she was informed that his profile met with community standards and
would not be suspended. She soon learned that under Texas law, impersonating
someone is a crime but pretending to be a member of someone's family is not a
"Facebook sees no problem with this
man pretending this little girl is his," Danica said.
Browning, an attorney specializing in social media, called the crime "digital
occurring nationwide. And it's, sadly, creepy but not directly illegal," he