When they don't work or care for their autistic children, Melissa Eaton and Amanda Seigler are "online moles." They search hundreds of groups in which they find controversial methods of treating children.
Mother treated the child with bleach
39-year-old Eaton is a single mother from Salisbury, North Carolina. Seigler, 38, is the mother of six children from Lake Worth, Florida. They spend most of their free time infiltrating several private Facebook groups for parents of autistic children. They've been doing it for three years. In some of these groups, members describe the use of suspicious, dangerous methods to try to cure autism . It is a disease that medicine cannot explain. There is no cure for her.
Facebook has the answer to everything
Parents in many of the Facebook groups, from tens to tens of thousands of members, wonder what is causing their children's illness. They believe that autism is caused by a multitude of phenomena, including viruses, bacteria, fungal infections, parasites, heavy metal poisoning from vaccines, general inflammation, allergies, gluten and even moon phases.
Stupid ideas of people on Facebook groups
Some parents consider turpentine or their children's urine to be a miracle drug that removes autism. Chlorine dioxide is one of the most sought after chemicals. A compound commonly known as industrial bleach. As doctors say, drinking it can cause permanent damage.
Parents still give it to children orally, by enema and in the bath. Chlorine dioxide supporters profit from the stupidity of these parents. They even sell books about the supposed "medicine". They push the parents chemicals and post instructional videos. This electrified Melissa Eaton and Amanda Seigler.
You have to do something about it!
Mellisa mentions that she could not stand next to what was happening:
You see it. You have the choice to do something about it or let it go. I'm not the type of person who sees such a thing and just forgets it.
Eaton and Seigler pretend to be desperate parents seeking answers to their child's autism. After entering, they take screenshots of posts from parents who describe the administration of chemicals to their children, often with disastrous results.
Something will change?
Both women send screenshots of Facebook posts to their local Child Protection department . Unfortunately, they rarely hear that any action has been taken. Together, they have submitted over 100 parents since 2016. They also report on Facebook and forward their findings to the US Department of Justice and child abuse organizations.