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Pacifier duct taped to baby photo sparks controversy

Pacifier Duct Taped To Baby: Funny Photo Or Abuse?

Are people overreacting to a funny photo, or is there real danger here? An Ohio woman posted photos on Facebook showing her 2-month-old granddaughter with a pacifier secured to her face with duct tape. The family got backlash it didn't expect.

The mother of the child told WSYX the pictures were taken as a joke and that people overreacted: "When we applied it there were no red marks. Everyone said she had a black eye and a bruised forehead."

Another photo Jackie Sheaks posted showed her granddaughter next to some potatoes in a pan. Police and children's services took the photos very seriously and have reached out to make sure the baby is safe and in good hands.

A man told WRC-TV, "Covering up their option to spit that pacifier out and giving them their airway ... this is crazy. It's dangerous."

It's unclear whether officials are still investigating, but no charges have been filed yet.

According to The Blaze, Sheaks says the photos were just supposed to be creative baby photos, similar to those seen online with babies sleeping in mixing bowls. But she learned a lesson quickly.

As she told WBNS, "What we think is funny that other people don't." She added to WRC-TV, "We would never go out of our way to harm these children. Ever. Ever."

Sheaks says the duct tape was only on her grandaughter's face for the time it took to take the photo. But regardless, just like a band aid hurts to remove, we're sure the duct tape wasn't any more pleasant.

So then what is it ... abusive, funny, creative? Everyone has their own opinions. HLN's Robin Meade points out there's a cost you pay when sharing on social media. She says, "Just because you think, 'Oh, look at that!' and you want to show somebody ... you're showing everybody."

And this obviously isn't the first time people have received unsolicited parenting advice from viewers on social media.

You might remember this recent viral video of a daddy-daughter date. The creators intended it to be sweet.

But some viewers believed it to be "disgusting" and "awkward." Right now, no charges have been filed in this most recent case.

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klnpiano August 13 2014 at 5:27 PM

That picture was NOT funny in the least. Only one laughing is that Grandmother. Slap her with a fine for child endangerment. That's what she deserves.

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lizgonzales8186 August 13 2014 at 6:27 PM

These are seriously demented people for putting duct tape on the skin of an infant...skin that is so much thinner than ours which would make taking the tape off burn and hurt her.

As for the picture, it is creepy and chilling. A baby laying inside a big roaster surrounded by vegetables?! They call it creativity but it is a just prime example of people with such low IQ that they think this is creative.

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fbobholly August 13 2014 at 5:57 PM

Unbelievably stupid!! God help this child!!

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certmuff August 13 2014 at 5:38 PM

total trash

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klnpiano August 13 2014 at 5:26 PM

Use some stupid common sense for crying out loud!!! This baby's nose is covered.. The airway could be severely restricted if she tries to spit it out... and this Grandmother should be banned from ever watching this child!!! Lazy woman can go put it back in the baby's mouth like the rest of us did!!! SHAME ON HER!!

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jillvoltmann August 13 2014 at 5:44 PM

Where in the world are people getting these ideas? Poor little baby. I think it's cruel and thoughtless. Parents should not use their children for use in what they think are funny props.

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laferiabil August 13 2014 at 5:24 PM

This is not the first exercise in stupidity by a state child protective service group! If they would just pay attention to the things that are really dangerous and not be stupid about some granny taking funny pictures of the Baby perhaps they could intervene in really dangerous cases! This was so positive a posed photo but CPS wnt nuts and wasted Man hours that definatel could have been used more productively

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Bolden August 13 2014 at 6:10 PM

AWFUL!!! They should tape one in her mouth and let her see what it feels like. If the baby coughs, she may choke. I say lock her up for being so stupid.

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streetlaw1 Bolden August 13 2014 at 8:02 PM

Glad to see that you wait on all the facts before rendering judgment.

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Lady Marie streetlaw1 August 14 2014 at 10:33 AM

The picture tells it all, and a 2 mo. old at that. Dangerous people to be around.

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zoey August 13 2014 at 6:11 PM


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thorrsman zoey August 13 2014 at 6:13 PM

It was funny.

Get that stick out of your @$$ and lighten up, Francis.

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kmcc895370 zoey August 13 2014 at 9:21 PM

Yeah, by the way they make great paint ball targets! ; )

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mohrsports42 August 13 2014 at 6:47 PM

I can't believe this is even a discussion...too many people have an opinion on our personal lives. How about focusing on children who are really in trouble and being ignored? 4 children die everyday from severe abuse and neglect...how about those signs? The annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the US is almost $130 billion...where is that money going? To investigate a Gramma who took a funny photo...NICE!!!

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