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Issue 106 - September 2010 - Page 11

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
  2. Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
  9. Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email

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Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request

Outline
Viral message asks recipients to pray for the recovery of a 22 month old who accidentally shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer.



Brief Analysis
I have not yet verified the claims in this message. Some references suggest that the accident took place in Champaign, Illinois in late July 2010 and involved a baby named Hayden. There are a number of versions of the message that list different names for the mother of the injured child.

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Last updated: 12th August 2010
First published: 12th August 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Posting for a FB friend of a friend: 22 month old son shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer, it went in his heart, he is in critical condition not doing good, neither is mom~ please start a prayer chain. Please copy and repost and pray for them. Thank you!

Reposting for a friend...Kayala Scott's 22 month old son accidentally shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer. It went into his heart. He is now in critical condition and not doing well. Neither is his mom. Please, start a prayer chain for this baby!! Please copy and .........repost...you would want someone to do this...... for you!

Passing along this prayer request... Please pray for Cheryl Dewitts' 22 month old son, he shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer. It went in his heart, he is in critical condition and not doing well, neither is his mom, please start a prayer chain. Please copy and repost... Please pray... what if it was your child?



Detailed Analysis
A message that asks for prayers for a severely injured baby who shot himself with a nail gun is currently circulating via Facebook, online forums and other social networking websites. According to the message, the 22 month old boy accidentally shot himself in the heart with a brad nailer and is currently in a critical condition. The message asks recipients to "start a prayer chain" by reposting the plea to others.

The message contains no information about where or when the accident took place. Moreover, there are now several versions of the message circulating, all of which state different names for the child's mother. All of the following names have been used in various versions of the prayer request:
At least some of these names are likely to be the names of people that have done nothing more than reposted the message and have no direct connection to the child. It is not uncommon for such mistakes to occur when message are rapidly and widely circulated around cyberspace. And, in fact, some earlier versions of the message do not list any name at all.

Whatever the cause, the use of several different names has created a lot of confusion and has led many recipients to believe that the message is a hoax. So far, I have not been able to conclusively verify if the accident described in these messages actually occurred. That said, a person claiming to be the father of the injured baby has posted details about the accident on the PRAY-ers forum. According to these posts, the baby's name is Hayden and the accident occurred on 29th July. The posts note that Hayden is recovering well and was treated at the Carle Clinic and Foundation Hospital in Champaign, Illinois. And another post published on the BabyCenter Community forum also describes Hayden's accident and includes a photograph of the heavily bandaged child.

My enquiries are ongoing and I will update this article with further information as soon as possible.

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Issue 106 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
  2. Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
  9. Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email