A former nanny for a New York couple was arrested for sending $850 worth of clothing belonging to twin boys in her charge to a Texas woman she met online.
Police arrested Donna Crowe, 24, of Wyckoff and a law student at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, after she allegedly sent clothing to an expectant Cypress, Texas woman after chatting with her online on an Internet Web site, CafeMom.com.
Police began investigating a tip from a friend of the family’s in August after finding Crowe was impersonating the mother of the twins on CafeMom.com by posting pictures of the boys and the family’s house, both the interior and the exterior, as her own.
Crowe also posted a picture of an unidentified couple and claimed the photos were of herself and her husband, according to authorities.
Police became more aggressively involved following postings on the chat Web site in which Crowe indicated she would like to meet some of the other chat room mothers at a central location, possibly Canada, with the twin children in tow.
It’s a bit more than obvious that the arrest curbed an attempted abduction.
While this is and can be a terrifying experience, it’s a good example that 1. Not everyone on the internet is nice and trustworthy – 2. The internet can be a great resource to aide in helping protect your family if you or someone you know knows how to police for those possible red flags and 3. It’s great that websites exist that tend to lure would be criminals into a community of people who are very helpful in foiling some crimes.
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