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Blotter: Hospital staffers report case of multiple identities

Hospital staff members called Denton police after receiving several names for a patient on respirator assistance.

The staff told police they had been unable to identify the patient since she arrived at the hospital in the 3000 block of Interstate 35E on Thursday.

The patient’s supposed mother gave the hospital a different name and date of birth, which didn’t come up in the database or match a Social Security number, the staff reported.

On Friday, a friend of the patient brought in a baggie that was supposed to contain the patient’s Social Security number but instead contained several Social Security numbers and identification cards for several people as well as business cards from various businesses, the staff told police.

Police told the staff to obtain as much contact information from other visitors and friends as legally possible.


Other reports

600 block of Gardenview Circle — A woman found a scared little boy in front of his house Friday afternoon and called police when his parents didn’t show up.

The boy told the woman he was afraid because he was home alone.

She told police she waited about an hour to see if the parents would come home.

Police reported going into the unlocked house to get information to contact the parents. The boy’s stepfather arrived about five minutes later and asked what was going on.

The stepfather told police the boy’s mother was at work and he stays home with the children because he’s unemployed. The boy is dropped off at the house by his grandmother, he reported.

He told police he ran an errand and thinks the grandmother dropped the boy off without checking to see if anyone was home.

The grandmother told police she dropped the boy off as usual and watched him go inside. The stepfather is always home but doesn’t meet the boy at the door, she reported.

Police reported the incident to Child Protective Services.

— Rachel Mehlhaff

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