COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH/CNN) – In Ohio, a mother is defended her actions after pictures that show her baby with a pacifier duct-taped to her mouth went viral.
The child's mother, who was not identified, says it was meant to be funny and wasn't posted on Facebook for long. The post, however, was on long enough to cause a social media uproar.
"It was just a prop photo, a photo just to be funny," she said. “It was on maybe 10 to 15 seconds, long enough to take a picture. We would never go out of our way to harm these children ever.”
Commenters shared the photo, saying Child Protective Services should step in. By Friday, they did and turned the investigation over to the Franklin County, OH sheriff's office.
"Duct taping a child's pacifier to their mouth, covering up their option to spit that pacifier out and give them their airway, so that if they spit up, it doesn't go back down their airway, their lungs - this is crazy. It's dangerous,” Sheriff Zach Scott said.
That wasn't the only picture posted. There was another with the baby in a pot next to potatoes.
When asked if she understood why people would be alarmed and concerned, the mother attempted to defend her actions in the photo.
"I really can't answer that because if you really look at the photo you can see that the duct tape was barely touching her face," she said.
Scott said no criminal charges will be filed in the case, but detectives will hand over their findings to the county prosecutors' office.
"My babies, they're perfect. I don't abuse them. I don't even whoop my children. I would never do anything to try to suffocate her, it was just a prop photo it was supposed to be funny and social media, Facebook blew it out of proportion," the mother said.
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