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Controversial Facebook group offends Heartland mothers

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A group on Facebook called the “[Controversial humor] National Baby Shakers League: Rise of the fallen” is creating a stir nationwide and here in the Heartland.

Administrators of the group say the goal is to raise awareness about shaken baby syndrome using shock value. However, one Ellsinore mother says members of the group took a photo of her baby and altered it for the page.

Tiffany Brown says she's outraged. She says regardless of the group's intent, some of the things posted to the page just go too far.

"It's horrible. It's sick,” Brown said.

Brown says the precious moment she'd captured of her saying goodbye to her still-born infant has been ruined.

"They've destroyed it. They've taken it away from me,” Brown said.

She first saw the photo on the Facebook group on Monday. She says a distasteful phrase had been added to the photo, turning that special moment into a joke.

"It hurts,” Brown said.

She's not the only one who says photos were taken off her personal Facebook account and reposted on this group.

"[They] went on my page and went through my cover photos and got a picture of my nieces and it says 'Are we annoying enough to shake yet?'" Alicia Wilder said.

One of the groups' administrators, Derek Ruth, says the goal of the group is actually to do good.

"The purpose of this group is to raise awareness about shaken baby syndrome,” Ruth said.

According to the “About” section, the goal is to use people's anger to magnify their cause.

Still, some say they aren't buying it. Wilder says she feels bullied.

"They laugh about serious things. Shaking babies is nothing to laugh about,” Brown said.

Ruth says the administrators monitor the group, but have little control over what members post.

"All new posts have to be approved, however, not the comments. If this photo was uploaded as a comment, then we have no control over that,” Ruth said.

Brown's photo was not added by any of the groups' administrators, but rather by a member of the group. Plus, because so many users post to the group, Ruth says not every post gets checked.

"Sometimes we just shogun things through without even looking at it, we will just scroll and if we don't see images, we will just let it go,” Ruth said.

Brown and Wilder say they're just asking for one thing.

"I'm still asking them to take my pictures down but they will not do it, they refuse to do it,” Brown said.

Brown and Wilder say they have reported the group to Facebook multiple times.

Facebook responded saying the group was not taken down because it does not violate Facebook's community standards.

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