When most of us think of Facebook, we think of it as a way to keep in touch with friends and family, a way to share adorable photos of our kids, or just a place to “hang out” in our off-hours. But for a Utah woman, Facebook was much more than a way to waste time; Facebook saved her and her 17-month-old son’s lives. How?
The woman and her son had been held hostage at a home for five days. According to the Associated Press, the mother had been abused over the course of five days and every time she tried to escape she was physically assaulted. The captor also “treated her son roughly and refused to let her feed the family dog.” But she was able to finally get help by hiding in a closet of the home with a laptop and putting in her status update that she and son needed help and would be “dead by morning.” A friend saw the post and alerted police to the situation.
“Facebook was her only outlet that she had at the home,” Police Sgt. Jon Arnold said. “It just happened that she was able to use it.”
Thank goodness she thought of using the social network not just for mundane updates but for a real life-saving purpose.