In captions attached to the photographs, Ashley had added little tidbits of information, such as the claim that she had made the twins’ bows herself. Understandably, April was reduced to tears. “I realized at that time that my daughters had been digitally kidnapped,” she said in an interview on The Dr. Phil Show in 2016. This relatively new trend involves the perpetrators stealing images of other people’s children and presenting them as their own.
Wanting to put a stop to Ashley’s charade, April and Nathan contacted the police. But even though Ashley had a previous conviction for fraud, they were told that no criminal act had been committed. So the family instead enlisted the services of a private detective, eventually succeeding in getting Ashley’s blog, along with her Facebook pages, closed down.