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Facebook Prayer Request For Baby Found in the Bin

by Brett M. Christensen

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.

Example

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 with ant bites

 

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 offered 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 the hospital.

Police investigated the case. However, it remains unclear who left baby Caleb at the dump or why he was discarded in such a way.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer