Pictures of one-year-old posted on dead baby site

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 September 2012

one year old Riley with mum Bekki Lovin.

one year old Riley with mum Bekki Lovin.

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A MOTHER says she is 'disgusted' after 'sick' internet trolls posted a picture of her one-year-old son on a dead baby jokes website.

Bekki Lovin and her son Riley were targeted by users of the Dead Baby Jokes Facebook site after she posted a comment on the webpage registering her revulsion at its contents.

Within hours of her posting on the site, she was horrified to see that pictures of her son Riley had been posted on the site with a series of offensive comments and jokes about the youngster.

The 27-year-old, of Coleridge Road in Weston’s Bournville estate, said a notification about the group appeared on her own Facebook page on August 15 after one of her friends had commented on the group.

The group says it has ‘no boundaries on racism, religion, culture and overall anything offensive’ and currently has more than 68,000 people liking its webpage.

Clicking on the link, she said she was ‘disgusted’ by the jokes she saw about dead infants on the site.

She said: “As a mother, I couldn’t believe what I was reading, so I wrote on there and said that I thought it was disgusting and should be banned.”

But having posted, only hours later the mother-of-four discovered that pictures of Riley had now been posted on the site and that fans of the group had posted highly offensive comments about him.

The comments were so offensive that the Mercury cannot print them.

She said: “I was absolutely disgusted. These people are sick.

“I got very, very angry when I saw that. He’s my son – what right do these people have to do things like this which involve my son?

“My eldest daughter, who’s nine, is on Facebook – imagine what would happen if she saw what these people had put on there about her little brother?

“It seems to me that the people who did this just don’t care about the effects of what they are doing.

“I thought my privacy settings had been set so that no-one could take a picture of my son from my profile, but they did it somehow.”

Ms Lovin thinks Facebook should clamp down on the sites, saying: “I think Facebook should be made safer and there should be a penalty for anyone using photos of people’s children like this.”

The social networking site has refused to ban the page, and others dedicated to dead baby jokes, despite several petitions, including one which was recently handed to the social networking giant with more than 20,000 signatures.

The firm says pornography, bullying, hate speech and violent threats are banned - but dead baby jokes are allowed.

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