Grandmother Sparks Outrage After Posting Photo of Infant With Pacifier Duct Taped to Her Face

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 13, 2014   |   1:44PM   |   Columbus, OH

A mother from Columbus, Ohio has sparked outrage across the Internet after posting photos of her infant daughter in odd positions and situations, including one photo that shows her with her pacifier duct-tapped in her mouth.

Whilenot directly abortion related, this outrageous stunt shows how some people sadly view unborn children and infants as objects of their pleasure rather than people who  deserve their own right to life and whose lives ought to be respected.

ducttapeJackie Sheaks, of Columbus, Ohio, thought she was being funny when she photographed her baby granddaughter with duct tape on her face but people on Facebook disagreed. The photos went viral quickly and sparked such outrage that it drew the attention of the local sheriff’s office when she shared the prank photos of her granddaughter.

In one of the images, the child’s pacifier had been secured to her cheeks with two pieces of duct tape. In another, the infant is resting inside a large turkey roasting pan next to some potatoes.

‘It started as just a joke,’ she told 10TV. ‘We put a little tape on the pacifier because we were being silly.’

Ultimately, Sheaks got a visit from the sheriff and Child Protective Services, who expressed concern for the well-being of the little girl in the pictures. This drew the itnerest of local media, whom she told she is not a horrible person and would never let the little girl come under any harm.

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“We’re not horrible people that they are making us out to me”, says Sheaks.  She says the duct tape was only on her granddaughter long enough to take the photo.

She says her prop photos are getting blown out of proportion.  “It started as just a joke; we put a little tape on the pacifier because we were being silly.  We wanted to share it with friends because everybody that knows us, knows we play around like that,” Sheaks explains.

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What she saw as playful photos, law enforcement did not.

She says the sheriff came her door and so did Children Services out of concern the child was in danger.

“We would never harm our children, never,” Sheaks says.  She adds that she’s taken posed photos of other family children all her life-and no one in the family objected.

But when these latest photos hit social media, the family says the harassment began almost immediately.   “I’m getting all kind of friends request that we don’t know for that reason”, says the girl’s grandfather, Tommy Sheaks.  “It’s been a big toll on the family we almost feel like we have to relocate,” adds Jackie.

What are your thoughts on this? Does it show a disrespect for human life?