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Monday 5 December 2016

Fury as young mum posts Facebook photo of boy with Down’s Syndrome inside washing machine

Courtney Stewart was questioned by police for the photo
Courtney Stewart was questioned by police for the photo

A young mum has sparked outrage after she took a photo of a toddler with Down’s syndrome she was caring for inside a washing machine.

Courtney Stewart was questioned by police after she uploaded the image to her Facebook account.

Despite coming up fire from neighbours and social media users online, the 21-year-old refused to apologise for the image, saying that the boy she was caring for “loves the washing machine”.

“We took a picture and it was a laugh,” the Scottish woman told the Daily Record newspaper.

“He is clearly laughing so I don’t understand why somebody took offence… What did they think I was doing to him?

“Taking him for a spin?”

Ms Stewart said the young child had “a bit of a washing obsession” so she was happy to let him play in the washing machine.

“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.”

The young mum's Facebook post, now removed
The young mum's Facebook post, now removed

A member of the public who contacted the Daily Record about the picture said: “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."

Ms Stewart, who lives in Erskine, Renfrewshire, claimed she had been physically attacked by a complete stranger over the picture.

She said: “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 right on my doorstep. I got assaulted in my own home.”

It is understood that a 42-year-old woman was arrested over the alleged assault.

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