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Florida child’s alleged COVID death a scam?

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(Titusville, FL) — A news story that pulled at the heart strings of Floridians in Brevard County appears to be fake news.
Someone claiming to be Layla Moore posted a tragic story about the alleged death of her son on Facebook this week.

“Jeremiah was 4. He liked ‘PAW Patrol,’ throwing and catching a football, and making TikTok videos with his older sister.”

A day After the post and a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign were shared widely across the Space Coast, it now looks like there is no Jeremiah.

Layla Moore, the name given by the woman claiming to be Jeremiah’s mom, is no longer a member of the Coronavirus Mutual Aid Network and the post has since been removed.
Apparently, the whole thing was a cruel hoax.
In addition, no one has been able to reach her, and the hospital where she claimed to have brought her son for treatment has no record of him.

Hundreds of dollars were donated to a GoFundMe page after her story first appeared Tuesday on the Facebook page of the Coronavirus Mutual Aid Network.
The group’s founder, though, told Florida Today yesterday it seems this woman’s story was likely told to mislead and manipulate.