Recently, a GoFundMe campaign ‘Stand with Sophie’ is attracting nationwide eyeballs for a 9-year-old Texas girl. It is a family court case involving her parents, and in a video(embedded below), the girl is pleading for the help, she alleges that she has faced abuse at her mother’s home.
In her support, there is a GoFundMe campaign running with the title ‘Stand with Sophie’ organized by Sophie’s stepmother, and the donation platform has verified it. The campaign went public on August 21 with a goal set to $25,000. However, as of September 1, it has surpassed $100,000 mark.
“While the Frisco Police Department will not usually offer further comment on cases that are this sensitive in nature, we would like the public to know that the child in this case is safe and staying at a safe location. Due [to] the public nature of this case, we also feel the need to address false information circulating on social media. For example, posts claiming that the alleged offender is a police officer with our department are FALSE, as the individual has never had any professional affiliation with the Frisco Police Department.
The continued dissemination of patently false information and third-party speculation on various social media platforms related to this case serves no other purpose than to hinder investigative efforts and does nothing to help the child in the case. The case remains under active investigation, and we are restricted by law on providing specific information related to juvenile cases. The Frisco Police Department shares your concerns to partner with various agencies to assure the safety and well being of all involved.”
However, the Lacy Lakeview Police Department shared on the Facebook page that lots of misinformation is all over the internet and Chief Joh Truehitt wrote, the “female juvenile shown in numerous YouTube videos taken by her father and placed on a gofundme page is presently in a safe home.”
The chief made it clear that the offenses did not happen in Lacy Lakeview. The father of the child lives “about 100 miles south of Lucy Lakeview” while mother “about 100 miles north.” He also added that the father reported to the local law enforcement agency where the offenses occurred.
In recent days, the hashtag #StandWithSophie went viral on social networks with various users sharing the incident and asking everyone to help the girl. The Twitter users also tagged the concerned police departments and the Texas governor’s accounts.