Could child with fake identity enroll in local school?
Girl raised by accused kidnapper enrolled with false ID in South Carolina
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman police say kidnapped an infant from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 used a dead man's Social Security number to establish the girl's identity, according to her arrest warrant.
Gloria Williams is charged with kidnapping and interfering with custody for taking an hours-old Kamiyah Mobley from what was then University Medical Center.
Williams raised the girl as her own daughter and named her Alexis Manigo.
Williams' arrest warrant showed that the birth certificate and Social Security card on file for Alexis at Colleton County High School in Walterboro, South Carolina, were found to be fraudulent.
That Social Security number, investigators said, belonged to a man from Virginia who died in 1983.
After learning Alexis attended school based on a false identity, News4Jax looked into whether a student with a fake identity could be enrolled at a local school.
We started looking into the documents needed to enroll in our local school districts and if something like this would be possible.
According to its website, the Duval County School District requires a birth certificate or valid evidence of date of birth, along with proof of residency and a few other pieces of information, to enroll children in school. A Social Security number does not need to be submitted.
The St. Johns County School District website showed some of the things students need to enroll there, including proof of residency and a copy of their birth certificate. A Social Security number is optional.
An official birth certificate is needed to enroll a student in Clay County, according to the district’s website. If that is not available, a passport showing the child’s age is one of a few documents that can be used, but no Social Security number is mandatory there.
Spokespeople for both St. Johns and Clay counties said their districts verify all documents to the best of their abilities.
But based on the required documentation, it appears possible someone could use a false identity to enroll a child in school in Northeast Florida, as police say Williams did in South Carolina with the girl police say she kidnapped.
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