Look: Here's How Facebook Helped Reunite This Mother With Her Missing Baby After the Nice Attack

Look: Here's How Facebook Helped Reunite This Mother With Her Missing Baby After the Nice Attack

The viral post that started it all

Published July 15th

The attack in Nice, France, has left at least 84 dead and 202 people injured. The terror attack occurred on Bastille Day, a national day of celebration. During a festive gathering to watch fireworks, an attacker in a 19-ton refrigerated truck plowed down the crowd. 

As the truck mowed down the street, many were forced to move quickly in order to dodge the truck. This inevitably caused friends and family members to separate from one another.

Among those who were separated, were a mother and her baby. The mother, who still remains unnamed, reached out to friends who used the power of Facebook to attempt to reunite the mother and child. 

The mother is not the woman pictured with the baby, yet the above picture and post was shared over 20,000 in under 24 hours. Actually, only friends of the mother posted photos, as the mother's identity is still unknown.

Eventually, the Facebook post reached enough people for the mother and child to be reunited. Friends of the mother, Rebecca Boulanger and Tiava Banner, posted an update that told everyone that the baby and mother had been reunited. 

Banner had to clarify that she was not the mother even though multiple media outlets have incorrectly claimed that she is.

It is remarkable how Facebook can be used in such a harrowing time to relocate a missing child and reunite him with his mother. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)

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