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Mum finds photos of son and friend’s stillborn on ‘ugly babies’ page

The cruel account posted a photo of Courtney Tait, her partner Scott and their son Hudson (Picture: Evening Gazette)

A mum was left ‘heartbroken’ after finding photos of her nine-month-old son and her friend’s stillborn on an Instagram account dedicated to ‘ugly babies’. 

Courtney Tait, 21, was distraught to discover that a private photo of her, partner Scott and their son Hudson appeared among dozens of other images of babies posted on the cruel page. 

The pictures, mostly targeting children in Teesside, have been taken from both public and private Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Families believe the perpetrator is from the same area after tracing the IP address to the Ropner Park area.

More than 200 people have reported the page over the images, said Courtney, while one girl said she and her mother were sent death threats from the account.

Courtney was also shocked to also discover private images of a friend’s stillborn child on the page. They have now restricted their social media accounts.

She said: ‘It was heartbreaking to be honest, the last thing I want is for my son to be called ugly.

Courtney said she was ‘heartbroken’ when she realised people were posting pictures of her son(Picture: Evening Gazette)
Facebook has now removed the Instagram account for breaking bullying and harassment rules (Picture: Evening Gazette)

‘I know my child is gorgeous – it’s not about that.

‘It’s more about who’s viewing my child, taking a photo of my nine-month-old and posting it for other weird people to see.

‘What’s making matters worse is, we’re wondering what kind of people are following this account? We don’t have a clue.’ 

Another mum wrote on Facebook: ‘Don’t know who’s sick enough to do this.

‘They have tried to follow me three times, I have followed them to make sure my baby wasn’t on there.’ 

Facebook has since removed the account for breaking rules on bullying and harassment. 

A spokesperson said the company’s Community Guidelines make it clear that bullying or harassment will not be tolerated on the social media platform.

It comes as Ofcom was given the power to fine social media firms and block access to sites on Tuesday, in a bid to tackle harmful content online as part of the Government’s draft Online Safety Bill.

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