In 2014 many of the passersby who saw this pregnant woman standing outside a shopping center in San Diego, California, no doubt delved deep into their pockets to help her out. They didn’t know, however, that she was harboring an awful secret.
Melissa Smith had often noticed this panhandler at the Eastlake Plaza center. After all, the unidentified woman was with her child and carried a cardboard sign pleading for help. “I felt bad, there’s a pregnant lady with a little boy and is down on her luck,” Smith told Oklahoma news channel KFOR-TV in 2014. “The dad comes out on the weekends and stands with them.”