A young boy has been taken into care after images of him being dragged on a leash by his mother provoked a furious backlash on social media.
The boy’s mother turned herself in to police after the disturbing images were shared online and prompted severe criticism on Facebook and elsewhere.
The pictures show a young boy crouching naked over a bowl of what seems to be dog food. The images then caught the attention of child abuse campaigner Lurleen Hilliard.
Lurleen, 46, is the founder of Dublin, Ireland, based Nolonger Victims, an organization which educates people on the various forms of abuse and aims to help protect and rescue victims. She said:
I was trawling through Facebook on Monday when I came across the images she had posted on her page.
Initially I was infuriated and my blood was literally at boiling point. This cannot be tolerated.
If we tolerate this level of abuse and parents think they can post these images online in order to boost their page or to make themselves look good then all we’re doing is saying that we support, and we’re enabling, child abuse.
What made me more concerned was if this is what she’s happy to post on Facebook then what is she doing behind the scenes that nobody knows about? This is what she’s willing to show us, what isn’t she willing to show us?
Lurleen contacted law enforcement officials in the U.S., who in turn reached out to their counterparts in the Philippines.
The mother was arrested and her child taken into care after police were alerted to these pictures.