Claim: A babysitter in Missouri ate a "three-month-old toddler" while she was high on meth.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2016]
Missouri babysitter on meth microwave and eats child unknowingly
Origin:On 20 January 2016, the web site World News Daily Report published an article titled "Missouri: Babysitter on Crystal Meth Eats 3-Month-Old Toddler," which claimed:
De Soto, MO | Two Missouri parents were horrified to discover their babysitter had turned into a crystal meth-smoking cannibal when they found the remains of their three-month-old child cooked in the microwave.
After a night out at the movies, the young parents came back home to find a confused babysitter under the influence of alcohol and crystal meth who had lost consciousness and was covered in blood in the family’s living room.
Moments later, they made the gruesome discovery when the mother saw something moving behind the microwave door ... The 3-month-old child was found in the microwave, covered in barbecue sauce, and was rushed to Springfield’s Mercy Hospital where doctors do not fear for his life.
The article included the above-reproduced image, which purportedly depicted the drug-abusing, barbecue sauce favoring babysitter in question. However, the image in fact was taken from an unrelated news story on the web site WXIN. While we were unable to locate the specific story from which the photo was taken, no incidents of meth-related cannibalism were reported in Missouri in January 2016. (The article also, confusingly, referenced the toddler's "remains," later claiming he survived the purported incident.)
World News Daily Report is a fake news site, one of many which publishes outlandish, fabricated stories in order to accrue social media share-based traffic. Its disclaimer admits:
WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website — even those based on real people — are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
Previous World News Daily Report hoaxes claimed that a baby in the Philippines was born with stigmata, that a lottery winner died after attempting to gold-plate his testicles, that a 14-year-old virgin was directly impregnated by a flu shot, that a slaughterhouse employee surreptitiously murdered dozens of his coworkers over a span of nearly two decades, that a donor heart recipient went on a murder spree after being transplanted with an organ from an executed serial killer, and that a man's genitalia was bitten off during the attempted sexual assault of a pit bull.
Last updated: 25 January 2016
Originally published: 25 January 2016