A woman out to prove how “toxic” parents can be on social media made her point by sharing a doctored image of her one-year-old drinking Dr. Pepper from a bottle.
Ohio mother-of-two Britney Hampton [Miller], 25, went viral after she shared an image of her infant son Zander sucking soda from his bottle on Facebook, which later ended up on Reddit and Twitter where it drew even more criticism from “judgmental” parents.
Hampton has claimed she received thousands of hate messages from people who believed the image was genuine, according to UK news service MakeTheHeadlines.
She revealed the truth on her TikTok page, claiming the controversial photo was disseminated as a “hilarious” prank “went wrong.”“My 1 year old loves Dr Pepper, it’s the only thing he will drink,” she initially wrote in a private Facebook group for parents.
“But recently he has been having trouble going to sleep … I’ve tried putting about 3-4 tsp of melatonin in his last bottle before bed but that doesn’t seem to be working, I do not want to give him any more than that,” Hampton continued.
“His bedtime is about 11 p.m., but lately he has been staying up past 3 a.m. … I think it’s because of the caffeine? So I am trying to [ween]/cut back off of the soda. Any advice on how to do this???,” the mom asked.
She also pleaded for “no harsh words or judging!”
“This is my first time caring for a baby so just looking for advice,” she explained. “I was incarcerated for the first 20 months of my first child’s life so I am blessed to be able to care for my second child during these stages of life.”
The backlash was so swift and widespread that Hampton decided to go public with the image which she had intended only for the private Facebook group.
“The only reason I then made the public post was because there were moms that had screenshotted my post and shared it on Reddit and Facebook,” she told MakeTheHeadline. “After I started getting bad comments, I publicly posted for everyone to see that it was just a horrible joke that went wrong.”
Hampton added, “I felt obligated to make a post for my family’s safety that it was just a joke, just in case someone thought it was real and felt the need to call Child Protection Services or look me up on Facebook.”
She also admitted it was “a bad joke,” but that it didn’t excuse the ire she received. “No one even gave me any advice like I was asking for. They all just told me how horrible a mother I was,” Hampton claimed.
Some of the “very nasty messages” she received included one calling her a “dumb f- -k” and an abusive parent.
“I can’t with parents like this,” one critic stated. “This child is going to have rotten teeth soon and be in extreme pain in no time. It’s so sad. Like WTF.”
Another concerned for the health of the baby added, “I feel like their little hearts would explode after a week of ingesting that much caffeine with no milk or water to balance it out!”
Several called for her children to be taken from her home.
Said one, “There needs to be some sort of licensing process and regular check-ins to be allowed to have kids.”
And another: “This should be classed as child abuse and grounds for removal.”
She came forward with the disheartening ordeal in a Nov. 6 TikTok video, with over 315,000 views on the platform.
“I felt obligated to make a post stating that my son does not drink soda or is abused in any way, that this was all an experiment,” she clarified. “My son has never even had juice before as his father and I are very strict about giving our children sugary drinks.”