Moms secretly infiltrate online groups that promote feeding children BLEACH to 'cure' them of autism
Two mothers are infiltrating online groups where members claim children with autism can be ‘cured’ by ingesting toxic chemicals.
Melissa Eaton, from Salisbury, North Carolina, and Amanda Seigler, from Lake Worth, Florida, who each have a child with autism, came across several groups – mainly on Facebook – claiming that chlorine dioxide, an industrial strength bleach, could treat the disorder.
To enter the groups, Eaton and Seigler created fake profiles, pretending to be parents of children with autism and looking for answers or treatments.
Then, they took screenshots of the posts, in which parents suggest feeding their children the chemicals, reported NBC News.
Next, Eaton, 39, and Seigler, 38, notified local child protection agencies of abuse. So far, they claim they have reported at least 100 cases over the last three years.
Melissa Eaton, 39 (left), of Salisbury, North Carolina, and Amanda Seigler, 38 (right), of Lake Worth, Florida, have been infiltrating online groups for three years. The groups suggest that feeding children chlorine dioxide, an industrial strength bleach, can ‘cure’ autism
The ‘cure’ was popularized by former Chicago real estate agent Kerri Rivera (pictured), who claims to have reversed autism symptoms in more than 500 children
Eaton and Seigler told NBC News that some of the discoveries they found in these groups were horrifying.
One mother from Kansas wrote in the Facebook group after feeding her child chlorine dioxide: ‘My son is constantly making a gasping sound.’
Another mother from Canada wrote that her toddler was refusing to drink the concoction. ‘He won’t open his mouth. He screams. Spits. Flips over,’ she wrote.
Eaton and Seigler said the groups were like a cult.
‘It really weighs on you, but kids are being abused,’ Eaton told NBC News. ‘You see it. You have the choice of doing something about it or letting it go. And I’m not the kind of person who can see something like that and just forget about it.’