A Mexican is under fire after a photo of her young son – hands bound and mouth duct-taped shut – went viral when she posted it on Facebook.
Rosa Margarita Pichardo Sotelo, who lives in Tijuana, was apparently unaware that her Facebook profile was public when she posted the disturbing image on her social media account earlier this month. The image quickly spread around the Internet and was published in a local newspaper.
The photo that has caused the controversy shows the woman's young son, Gerardo, lying on what appears to be a mattress or couch cushion. His hands, which he is holding up to his chest, are bound together and his mouth is covered with grey duct tape.
The ages of both the mother and son are unknown.
Pichardo quickly deleted the photos from her Facebook page and posted a statement indicating that she was just "playing around" with her son.
"I uploaded this photo but it is not as it seems, because we were playing around and my whole family was with me, so it was nothing sinister," she wrote on Facebook. "It hurts this got published because it is a lie. It hurts that this exposes my baby."
Both Pichardo and the child's father, Alfredo Alexander Ramos Castañeda, are now under investigation by the Agency of the Public Ministry and Sexual Offenses.
Gerardo and the parent's other child are scheduled to undergo psychological testing as part of the investigation into what was going on when that photograph was taken.