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Issue 120 - November 2011 - Page 13

Facebook Prayer Request For Baby Found in the Bin

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Outline
Message circulating via Facebook asks users to say a prayer for a baby that was found in a bin and was being eaten by ants.



Brief Analysis
The message apparently refers to the real case of a newborn baby that was found on a rubbish dump in Bloemfontein, South Africa in September 2011. The baby was bitten by ants while lying at the dump. A subsequent news report indicates that the baby was recovering well.

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Last updated: 12th October 2011
First published: 12th October 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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Everybody say a prayer for a baby they found in the bin and was being eaten by ants. If yu have a heart pass it on

Baby found in bin prayer request




Detailed Analysis
This widely circulated Facebook post asks users to offer a prayer for a baby found in a bin. According to the message, the baby was being eaten by ants. The post includes a photograph of the ant-bitten baby being treated in a hospital. The message does not include any information about where the baby was found or about his current condition. Some commentators have suggested that the message may be a hoax.

However, the prayer request is apparently derived from a real case in which a newborn baby was found wrapped in a blanket at a rubbish dump in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The baby was bitten by ants while lying at the dump. A September 26, 2011 article about the case posted on News24.com notes:
Workers at an informal rubbish dump near the JB Mafora settlement discovered the baby on Saturday afternoon and phoned emergency services.

ER24 paramedics found the baby boy with its umbilical cord still attached to the placenta. He was hypothermic and struggling to breathe.

Appelgryn said the baby had bite marks on his skin from ants while he was lying at the dump.
The report indicates that the baby, named Caleb Hope, was recovering well in hospital. The Shiloh Zoe Hope Foundation, a non-profit organisation that offers free help to unwanted babies and their mothers, was collaborating with the department of social services to find Caleb a safe place to live after he left hospital.

Police were investigating the case. It is currently unclear who left baby Caleb at the dump or why he was discarded in such a way.

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Baby found at rubbish dump recovering
Shiloh Zoe Hope Foundation



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