Bereaved parents call for Amazon to ban dead baby 'joke' book

TAKE IT DOWN: Mums who want a Facebook page taken down, from left, Michelle Crouch, Amy Fisher and Mandy Homer

TAKE IT DOWN: Mums who want a Facebook page taken down, from left, Michelle Crouch, Amy Fisher and Mandy Homer

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A GROUP of parents who all lost their babies are calling for a joke book to be banned.

The Ultimate Dead Baby Joke Book is being sold on Amazon.

Members of a Dorchester-based support group for bereaved parents called Forget-Me-Nots want local people to sign a petition to get the book removed from sale.

They have also hit out against a Facebook page of the same name with more than 600 fans.

The book claims it is an ‘outrageous parody of grotesqueness’ and is ‘sick, twisted and totally wrong’.

Amy Fisher, 29, from Wyke Regis, who lost her daughter Ruby at 28 weeks after getting septicaemia, says the book is very ‘distressing’.

The mum of four added: “It is really distressing and something we all feel strongly about.

“We just can’t believe that this book is even out there, there is even a Facebook page. We want as many people as possible to sign the petition so something can be done.

“The Facebook page is filled with disgusting, horrific jokes about dead babies.”

The petition currently has 2,200 signatures but the parents want to drive enough support to get the issue noticed.

Michelle Crouch, 33, of Weymouth, lost her son Marcus three years ago.

She said: “We’re all connected because of our loss so something like this really upsets us. Clearly, the person who made this and those who like it have never lost a child so could not understand.

“We hope that if we can get 10,000 signatures we will have some hope of the issue being noticed by the Government.”

The book covers ‘everything inside you could ever need when dealing with a dead baby’ from ‘survival tactics’ to ‘recipes’.

Mandy Homer, 39, of Dorchester, whose daughter Mia was stillborn, said she wanted the book removed straight away.

She added: “It needs to be taken off Amazon and Facebook, it is awful. It says it is part one so we are worried there will be more.”

The Echo contacted Amazon but no-one was available for comment.

The group meet on the second Monday of every month.

For more information, call 07809 608657 or to sign the petition visit change.org and search the title.

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11:44am Sat 23 Jun 12

fedupweymouth says...

Well done girls, i know how hard you have worked to get this far. They are disgusting sick individuals and the book needs to be withdrawn from sale. As for the facebook page well it is beyond belief that a group of women showing there mastectomy scars have been banned yet they let this sort of thing go on. come on facebook sort it out!
Well done girls, i know how hard you have worked to get this far. They are disgusting sick individuals and the book needs to be withdrawn from sale. As for the facebook page well it is beyond belief that a group of women showing there mastectomy scars have been banned yet they let this sort of thing go on. come on facebook sort it out! fedupweymouth
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3:59am Mon 25 Jun 12

Syndk8 says...

No one cares. If you seriously can't handle obviously offensive jokes, don't look at them. Anyone who tries to censor any form of speech is simply a pathetic loser. Start fighting for something that can actually make a difference instead of making fools of yourselves.
No one cares. If you seriously can't handle obviously offensive jokes, don't look at them. Anyone who tries to censor any form of speech is simply a pathetic loser. Start fighting for something that can actually make a difference instead of making fools of yourselves. Syndk8
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10:58am Mon 25 Jun 12

Bailey25 says...

Syndk8 - How understanding you are. I'm assuming you don't have children from that comment. How a dead baby can ever be the subject of a joke or deemed in any way funny beggars belief quite frankly. These people have a very sick sense of humour. I imagine they would feel very differently if they lost a child.
Syndk8 - How understanding you are. I'm assuming you don't have children from that comment. How a dead baby can ever be the subject of a joke or deemed in any way funny beggars belief quite frankly. These people have a very sick sense of humour. I imagine they would feel very differently if they lost a child. Bailey25
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11:32am Wed 27 Jun 12

wakehamboy says...

Censorship in any way, shape or form is wrong.
I understand that some National Secrets are on a "need to know" basis, but anything else is ridiculous. I personally find "Reality" TV offensive, but I found an excellent way around the problem...i decided not to watch it. There are more important things in life to worry about than a joke book.
For the record, I had a
Censorship in any way, shape or form is wrong. I understand that some National Secrets are on a "need to know" basis, but anything else is ridiculous. I personally find "Reality" TV offensive, but I found an excellent way around the problem...i decided not to watch it. There are more important things in life to worry about than a joke book. For the record, I had a wakehamboy
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11:32am Wed 27 Jun 12

wakehamboy says...

Censorship in any way, shape or form is wrong.
I understand that some National Secrets are on a "need to know" basis, but anything else is ridiculous. I personally find "Reality" TV offensive, but I found an excellent way around the problem...i decided not to watch it. There are more important things in life to worry about than a joke book.
For the record, I had a
Censorship in any way, shape or form is wrong. I understand that some National Secrets are on a "need to know" basis, but anything else is ridiculous. I personally find "Reality" TV offensive, but I found an excellent way around the problem...i decided not to watch it. There are more important things in life to worry about than a joke book. For the record, I had a wakehamboy
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11:33am Wed 27 Jun 12

wakehamboy says...

sister who was still born. I saw, first hand, how hard it was for my mum, and a lot of these jokes aren't funny...but some of them are hilarious.
sister who was still born. I saw, first hand, how hard it was for my mum, and a lot of these jokes aren't funny...but some of them are hilarious. wakehamboy
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