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LaTonya Williams spent her first Mother's Day in tears after finding out that someone was making fun of her precious baby Lola. "She was born with Apert Syndrome which affects her development and she's already been through so much," Williams told us.

Little Lola had stomach surgery when she was three days old and two months ago, had brain surgery. Her disease caused her to be born with a skull that was not big enough for her brain. Lola will also need more surgeries on her hands and feet to separate fingers and toes.

Because of all that Lola has endured in her short life Williams was outraged Friday when her sister found a series of tweets about the little girl. The two women say someone apparently took a picture from their family Facebook page and began tweeting the picture with captions about the "ugly baby." (A number of other things written in the tweets we can't say here.) By Saturday, the two women realized that someone had screen captured the tweet and put it on their Facebook page. "As far as we know, up to 40,000 "liked" that page," said Williams.

Click here to view the family's Facebook page.

Williams said in many cases, people commented on Facebook that it was wrong to make fun of a baby. But she says that doesn't make up for the hurt right now of the many others who "passed" on the tweets and who made comments about her baby's appearance.

Williams and her sister, Valerie Thompson think more should be done to prevent this type of thing on social media. Thompson is especially horrified because the stranger who made the ugly comments in tweets "claimed Lola was his niece," she said. "this baby is my niece and I love her dearly, what's wrong with this guy whoever he is for saying such hateful things about a baby?", said Thompson.

Meanwhile, they say they have received support from family and friends and they have started a new Twitter account and new Facebook page called "Lola's Voice."

"I want to educate people about what my baby is going through, how rare the condition is and the many surgeries and challenges she still faces," Williams told us. "And, I want to fight back in any way I can to combat the ugliness. I simply don't understand how people can be so cruel," she told us.

Update: Since our story aired, more than 1,300 people have joined the social media accounts started under Lola's Voice. Follow the link within this article to be connected to the Facebook pages, or add Lola's family on Twitter @LolasVoice. The family says they have received numerous notes of priase and support for their daughter.

 

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