A VIDEO was trending depicting a young girl from Texas named Sophie who alleges that her stepfather is abusing her.
The heartbreaking clip sees Sophie screaming and alleging abuse against her mom’s new fiancé.
What is the stand with Sophie video?
The video, which has gone viral on social media, shows a 10-year-old girl named Sophie claiming that she has suffered abuse at the hands of her stepfather in her mother’s home.
Speaking to her grandmother in the video, Sophie refuses to leave a car she is sat in during a custody exchange.
The footage then went viral, inspiring the social media campaign Stand with Sophie.
A GoFundMe campaign to help Sophie collected over $212,000 since August of 2020.
What’s happening with Sophie’s parents?
Sophie, from Texas, is at the center of a bitter custody battle between her parents Michael and Kelly.
The pair got divorced in July 2015 – but their difficult split has dragged on for five years.
Custody was initially evenly split between the two.
Eventually, a judge awarded custody to Kelly, who took the children to live more than 200 miles away from their father.
Court documents have noted that both parents have a history of calling Child Protective Services to make complaints about the other.
It also said none of the previous complaints to CPS have been substantiated, including the allegations of domestic violence.
How does Sophie communicate with her biological father?
Court documents reveal that Michael communicates with his daughter through coded letters.
The notes are part of a cache of court documents that allege Sophie said she’d been touched by her mother’s fiancé.
Michael and Sophie referred to her mom’s fiancé as “Mr Jake.”
Sophie detailed the code words in a key alongside one of her letters.
She used “daisies” or “dandelions” for danger, and “pens” to mean there was fighting at home, The Daily Mail reports.
In one exchange, Sophie said he had taken away her iPad for a week because “I wouldn’t stop crying.”
Another spoke of her mother’s anger over the dad recording a conversation between them and says “Mr Jake” had told the children their father was brainwashing them.
Is Sophie safe?
Sophie has been reported missing and was last seen on July 12, 2021.
She is believed to be with Michael who Texas officials have called her abductor.
In a statement, the Texas Department of Public Safety said: “Missing juvenile is believed to be with her non-custodial parent, Michael Long, and maybe en route to Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Mexico or Argentina.
“Michael Long is possibly driving an off white 2010 Ford Edge SUV or a gray van with blacked out windows, a NRA sticker and a black rack on top.
“Missing juvenile has a small burn mark on one of her arms.”
Michael Long had arrived at a court custody hearing without Sophie and she has not been seen since, police told Crime Online.
The Sun has contacted Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety for comment.
Police had previously launched an investigation into the abuse allegations.
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