Like many proud parents in the age of social media, Danica Patterson likes sharing photos of her adorable daughter on her Facebook page. But Danica is aware of the digital dangers, and since she was putting her daughter out there, she made sure to set her profile to its private setting.
What Danica didn’t realize was that while her profile was private, her posts were still made public.
In 2015, one of Danica’s Facebook friends noticed at least five photos of her four-year-old daughter, Bryleigh, on a complete stranger’s profile. Whoever it was had stolen and reposted Bryleigh’s pictures without Danica’s consent.
But things were about to take an even creepier turn. The stranger, who was listed under the name Ramon Figueroa, claimed that Bryleigh was his daughter! The photos included captions like, “Y’all can’t say ma daughter not ma twin,” and, “This is how she looks in the morning… she said daddy stop [taking pictures].”
Danica was horrified. Frantically, she sent Figueroa a message and asked him to remove the photos of Bryleigh — but he quickly blocked her from any further communication.
The enraged mother reported the photos to Facebook, and so did 40 of her friends who banded together in Bryleigh’s defense.