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Mother Outraged Over Use of Daughter's Photo on Baby Shakers Facebook Page
SPRINGFIELD -- A local mother is outraged after a member of a Facebook page making fun of child abuse steals her daughter's picture.
Springfield's Molly Palmer found out about 'National Baby Shakers League' and when she went to speak her mind the group struck back.
The page has hundreds of pictures, memes and jokes about child abuse. We talked to creator Matt Crowson from Fresno, California.
"We do not condone child abuse, but we will joke about it," Crowson explained by phone. "Dark humor, shock value, it's hilarious."
When folks don't dig the league's sense of humor and speak up, fans of the page can get nasty, as Molly found out.
"A fan immediately gets on my page, steals my daughter's picture and adds a nasty caption to it," Palmer said. "It's heartbreaking."
A picture of Palmer's 13-month-old Peyton was made into a crude meme, an image created to be shared virally online.
Crowson, a self-proclaimed Internet troll and father, says the group is about raising awareness.
"Raising awareness of shaken baby syndrome and how dangerous it is. You can see how to, how not to do it. Why it's bad to do it," Crowson explained.
The group is private, and there is a child abuse hotline number listed 1-800-4-ACHILD along with a website link.
Molly has tried tirelessly to get the picture taken down but page administrators refuse.
"I'm not going to sit there and make something politically correct for everyone to say 'awww,' so nice and great. No! No, I will not take the pictures down," Crowson said.
"It's disgusting and she wasn't involved in this group whatsoever. If they really have children, why don't they post pictures of their own children like that," Palmer respond passionately.
Facebook says it won't intervene, citing the page administrator's freedom of speech.
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