An article that says the 2-year-old boy who shot his mother at a Walmart in Idaho this week will be tried as an adult is nothing more than a hoax.
It was posted on Empire News, a so-called satirical website.
Here’s the disclaimer: “Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”
The bunk article had tens of thousands of shares on Saturday.
However, some people weren’t happy with the article, saying it was done in poor taste.
“WHY is someone trying to make this sad situation “funny”? This is a BULL C R A P write up, a spoof. Shame on the reporter for this. YOU SUCK,” wrote one person in the comments section.
Said another, “This isn’t true!!! People make of this crap for attention. It’s sickening and extremely uncalled for. I know people in this family and this to me looks like a lawsuit for slander!!!”
The article reads in part:
Police and local investigators say that the 2-year-old toddler that fired a gun in an Idaho Walmart store, killing his mother, will be tried as an adult.
On December 30th, police say that a young mother, who was shopping with her children, was killed when her 2-year-old son reached into her purse, and discharged a small-caliber pistol that she had concealed inside. In what police originally considered a tragic accident, the woman died before paramedics could arrive.