SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (CNN) — A South Carolina toddler has been fighting for her life since birth. Now, she and her family have to fend off internet bullies.
Mariah Anderson was born with Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome — a rare disorder that impairs her learning and motor skills. Her life expectancy is grim. Which is why her mother, Kyra Pringle, was horrified when she learned that a photo of her daughter had become an internet joke.
Mariah recently celebrated her second birthday and her mother posted her photo to Facebook. After the photo was posted, thousands of people began to share it online. Some photo-shopping crude captions — others leaving rude comments.
“If you’re out there and you’re doing these things, and you think that it’s funny, it’s not funny,” said Linda Pringle, Mariah’s grandmother, “This is actually a human being, this is a child, this is a baby.”