A British mom has been attacked on her doorstep and questioned by police after posting a controversial picture on Facebook of a Down’s syndrome boy trapped in her washing machine.
Despite triggering mass fury on social media and being branded a “scumbag,” 21-year-old Courtney Stewart has adamantly refused to apologize for her actions and remains defiant that she hasn’t done anything untoward.
According to the Daily Record, the young mom from Erskine, Renfrewshire took and posted the picture of the two-and-a-half-year-old boy on Facebook for a “laugh,” and swears the boy climbed in of his own accord.
“He loves the washing machine. We took a picture and it was a laugh.”
When Stewart’s neighbours saw the picture of the toddler trapped inside the washing machine with the door held shut by an adult’s hand, they were horrified.
One woman lashed out at Stewart, calling her a “scumbag” and “a nutter,” and another anonymous member of the public was so concerned about what they saw that they contacted both the Police and the Daily Record to express their fears.
“It was terrible to look at. For anyone, let alone someone who is also a parent, to take a picture like that and stick it on Facebook for a laugh is unbelievable.
“It’s no wonder people are angry about it. People in the town have been talking about it, because anyone who has seen it has been left shocked.”
Stewart was contacted by the newspaper and she explained that it was all a fuss about nothing because the boy, who was small for his age, climbed into the machine on his own accord and was clearly having a great time.
“He is clearly laughing in the pictures. So I don’t understand why somebody took that picture as – well, I don’t know what they took it as.
“What did they think I was doing to him? Taking him for a spin? He’s got a bit of a washing obsession. Anyone who knows him would know he’s got a washing obsession.
“I don’t know who reported it. I don’t really know why they would do that. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. They shouldn’t be able to call the police anonymously.
“The police know who it was and I don’t think it’s at all fair that they can’t tell me.”
Stewart has since taken down the photo she posted last Thursday and, although she was shocked at being reported to the police and having two officers appear on her doorstep, she insists they were right to investigate the picture.
“It’s horrible having the police at the door thinking you’re a bad person.
“I was shocked, but in a sense I’m glad they didn’t just take it as a joke and not come and see me. So I was thankful in that way. A male and a female officer were here asking me questions for more than an hour.”
Stewart remains convinced there was no way the boy could have hurt himself in the washing machine.
“The machine was unplugged because I’m getting a new one, and the door was not closed right over.”
Stewart also revealed that the incident has also led to her being attacked on her own doorstep by a complete stranger.
“I got assaulted by a woman. She came to my door and said I was a f****** nutter and she wouldn’t let me anywhere near her kids.
“It happened on my doorstep at 11 o’clock in the morning. I got assaulted in my own home.”
(Image via The Mirror)