A picture of a child with an injured face along with a poem about a child murdered by a father has been circulating around the Web and the social media giant Facebook. The image is used to show that the child was abused by its father and brutally injured. Users are asked to share the post with friends and spread the message that they are against child abuse.
However, it is reported that this message is misleading users on Facebook. According to Hoax Slayer, the child in the picture was not abused, or anything of that sort. The injuries on the face were because of a dog attack that took place way back in September 2002. Ever since, spammers are using the image to spread false news.
The poem used in the description of the Facebook message was reportedly first published in 1996. The name of the child is Jade, and not Chris. This is a stolen picture of Jade, which spammers are using to spread false messages.
The post also consist of the following message -
This is A TRUE STORY AND IF YOU DONT PASS THIS ON; YOU DONT HAVE A SOUL!!! SO PLEASE DO READ IT ONLY ONCE :) IT WONT TAKE MORE THEN 5 MIN Thanks !!
IF YOU ARE AGAINST CHILD ABUSE! Post this as Daddy … It hurts
If you do not send this to everyone you know Then you obviously don’t care about child abuse.
At first I thought this was just a chain letter And I wasn’t going to send it either, But now I realize that this is an important situation.
At least 5 children each day from around the world; die from child abuse!!!!
This happens across the board, no matter how much money they have or their ethnicity :(
According to a BBC News article, dated September 30, 2002, explains the incident of the very same photograph -
A two-year-old girl suffered horrific facial injuries after being attacked by the family’s new pet dog.
Jade Wardle, from County Durham, had plastic surgery for her injuries and needed a tear duct replaced during surgery on Saturday night. She was injured when the family’s new dog, Hooch – a Labrador-cross – lunged at her face as she put her arms around it. The family had owned the dog for just three days.
It is advised that you stop reposting this message with your friends on Facebook and elsewhere. This is a false message that users are being deluded. Before you share or repost any message on social networking sites, make sure you do a background check whether the information is true or not. A quick search on Google will reveal good details about the information.
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