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Woman steals Missouri resident's identity. Sort of.

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PARIS, Mo. - 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.

She called police, who told her she wasn't the only one who fell victim to the picture-napping. But the Sheriff said the department's hands are tied.

"For identity theft, you have to steal someone's identity for the purpose of financial gain or something like that," Monroe County Sheriff David Hoffman said. Hoffman also said it wasn't stalking because the woman didn't reach out or harass the family.

What do you think? Is this behavior creepy, or criminal? Weigh in right now on the KHQ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KHQLocalNews?ref=stream
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