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An unsubstantiated blog and Facebook post claim that officials found a 6-year-old girl at the U.S.-Mexico border "raped by 30 men."
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The claim lacks corroborating evidence, and includes vague and contradictory information. The story itself appears to have been deleted after we asked the website about it.
The Newspunch.com post starts by claiming that "the body of a 6-year-old girl at the US-Mexico border had been raped by at least 30 men, according to military physicians."
Later in the story it adds: "A few months ago, border security agents found a 6-year-old girl who had been left for dead along a pipeline. The girl was flown to a military hospital where physicians found DNA from 30 men inside her young body."
It’s unclear exactly when or where at the border the discovery purportedly happened, to which hospital she was flown to, and whether it was U.S. or Mexican "border security agents" who found the girl.
The photo being used to accompany the story is of U.S. Custom and Border Protection border patrol agents detaining immigrants. The photo was taken by Getty Images in August 2015 and makes no reference to a 6-year-old girl.
Rod Kise, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told PolitiFact that the agency queried its border locations and "no one had any records or recollections of any incident like this occurring."
As for its evidence, Newspunch.com linked to a Nov. 6 story reported by The Blaze about mothers who went to the southern U.S. border to "witness for themselves the effects of illegal immigration on families who live there."
An editor’s note at the top of the story says:
"The original version of this story reported a claim made by Moms For America President Kimberly Fletcher concerning a girl who had allegedly been found by border security agents with "DNA from 30 men inside her young body." This claim has been made by numerous individuals on social media but TheBlaze has been unable to independently verify the factual accuracy of the claim. Its publication does not meed our editorial standards and it has accordingly been removed, along with an embedded video in this story that made the claim. We regret having published it."
Newspunch.com’s contact page includes an email address linked to YourNewsWire.com, a website associated with online hoaxes.
A blog post on Newspunch.com claims, "Border agents discover body of 6-year-old girl: ‘She was raped By 30 men'."
We found no evidence to support this claim. U.S. border security officials said they have no record or recollection of this incident.
We rate this claim False.
Facebook post, Dec. 18, 2018
TheBlaze.com, 'Moms Caravan' travels to the Texas-Mexico border for a look at the effects of illegal immigration, Nov. 6, 2018
MCALLEN, TX - AUGUST 07, 2015
Wayback Machine, Newspunch.com, Border Agents Discover Body Of 6-Year-Old Girl: "She Was Raped By 30 Men", originally posted Dec. 2, 2018
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