Like any proud grandma, Jackie Sheaks was excited to share photos of her new granddaughter with her friends. And like many moms and grandmas before her, she thought she'd have some fun and pose her 2-month-old granddaughter in some funny photos. But Facebook users were not amused. When they spied Sheaks's pictures depicting the baby with a pacifier duct-taped to her cheeks and sitting in a roasting pan surrounded by potatoes, the community cried foul condemning her for child abuse and neglect. The pictures even caught the attention of the Columbus, OH, sheriff's office, who paid her a visit to check on the child's well-being.
"It started as just a joke; we put a little tape on the pacifier because we were being silly," Sheaks explained to her local news station. "We wanted to share it with friends because everybody that knows us, knows we play around like that."
But now the grandma is the subject of unwanted Facebook friend requests and social media harassment. Given the controversy, Sheaks doesn't plan on posting any more pictures of her granddaughter online.
"We would never harm our children, never," Sheaks adds. "What we think is funny other people don't. It will never happen again. It's definitely taught us a lesson."
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