Mum’s tweets as son is dying sparks uproar

MIRRETT ISLAND, Florida, Dec 19 — A mother who posted updates on Twitter as rescue workers tried to save her dying son has sparked a debate over the acceptable use of the microblogging website, ABC News has reported.

As paramedics attempted to revive two-year-old Bryson Ross after he was found floating face down in a swimming pool, his mother, Shellie Ross, sent out a message to her 5,000 followers on Twitter: “Please pray like never before, my 2-yr-old fell in the pool.”

Bryson was pronounced dead five hours later. Soon thereafter, Ross posted another Twitter update.

“Remembering my million-dollar baby,” she wrote, and posted a photo of her son on the site.

Fellow bloggers and Twitter users were outraged at Ross’ use of Twitter as her son lay dying, shocked that she chose to use the social networking site at such a time.

“The first thing I thought when I saw the tweet was that it was very sad,” ABC earlier this week quoted author and blogger Madison McGraw as saying.

“But then I thought, ‘Who would tweet that her son just drowned?’ I couldn’t believe it.”

Police in Mirrett Island, Florida, where Ross lives, said they were aware of her ‘tweets’ and would be looking into them as part of their investigation into the drowning.

Police said Ross, whose Twitter name is ‘Military_Mom’, had been cleaning out a chicken coop with her 11-year-old son while Bryson played in the garden.

“Fog is rolling in thick scared the birds back in the coop,” Ross tweeted on Monday.

A minute later, her son called paramedics to say his brother was floating unconscious in the pool. Police arrived soon after, records showed.

Police said Bryson was in the water for “maybe five minutes” and Ross had performed CPR on him before the paramedics arrived.

Ross has defended her use of Twitter to announce her son’s death.

“Nobody has a right to question” why she tweeted, she told ABC. “I didn’t tweet-by-tweet the accident.” — The Straits Times

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