General — 18 November 2015 — by Rowland A. Parks
Baby did not drown in flood as reported

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Nov. 16, 2015–The ever-expanding presence of social media and the public’s almost instant access to information on the internet has caused an explosion in new, unconventional sources of news stories. Increased availability of information, however, does not guarantee accuracy, and sometimes those gathering information on the internet pass on what turn out to be incomplete or inaccurate stories.

Over the weekend, there was a lot of news coverage of the heavy rains and consequent flooding in the southern districts of Stann Creek and Toledo.

In one of the news stories about the flood carried on Love FM and the internet site Belize Breaking News (BBN) it was reported that a two-month-old infant slipped out of her mother’s arms and drowned in the flood. The mother and her infant child were heading home to Santa Cruz when the incident occurred, both news sources reported yesterday, Sunday.

Today, Monday, however, Amandala spoke to the area representative of Toledo West, Hon. Oscar Requeña, who told us that indeed, there was an incident involving a mother and her infant child.

He said, however, that the infant did not drown, but was rescued and both mother and child are doing well.

At the time of this report, it is Monday afternoon, but adjustments have not yet been made to the inaccurate story on Belize Breaking News website. Love FM did not post their story online.

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