Baby Lost During France Attack Reunited After Facebook Search

July 15, 2016 Updated: July 15, 2016

A family lost their 8-month-old baby boy amid chaos during the Nice, France truck attack at Bastille Day celebrations on July 14.

“A young woman found him and took him home with her. She then went online and found the photo of the baby on Facebook,” a family member told AFP.

The woman then contacted the baby’s parents. 

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French officials say 84 people were killed after a fireworks show on a main avenue in Nice. President Francois Hollande said 50 people are “between life and death.” The Paris prosecutor said in a televised press conference that 202 people were wounded in total, 25 of them were on life support. The driver was shot on scene by police. He was identified as a 31-year-old Frenchman of Tunisian descent. 

“Thank you facebook to all those who have helped us and sent messages of support,” said Tiava Banner, who had posted the original notice to say the baby was missing.

Banner clarified that she is not the mother of the child, and added that other members of the family were still hospitalized.

The Facebook page SOS Nice was created to help with finding missing people after the attack.

Dozens of people posted messages on the SOS page asking the public if they had seen their missing loved ones. Many of the unaccounted for were children and teenagers.

“No word from Claire who was present at the fireworks, she is 18 years old,” said a post.

According to the page, some people have been found. Adrien Bernier, a nine-year-old boy, who was with his mother and sister was one of those found.

Two Americans were killed in the attack, the U.S. State Department confirmed.

A Lakeway, Texas father, Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son, Brodie, died while on vacation celebrating a birthday with other family members.

President Obama condemned the attack on Thursday.

“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians,” he said.

After the attack, President Hollande ordered that the nation’s state of emergency, which was soon to expire, be extended for three more months.