Late last month a Pennsylvania woman made national news when, as the AP reported on Aug. 26, she allegedly "gave birth to a son in the bathroom of a sports bar, then abandoned him to die in the restaurant's toilet."
The team at "Nancy Grace" -- as Grace's HLN current-affairs cable show is called -- saw in this story not just a horrific tragedy, but a social-media opportunity. Last night at 7:55 p.m. ET, to promote a segment on the story, the official @NancyGraceHLN Twitter account tweeted,
A mom gives birth in a sports bar bathroom during a wrestling match—then allegedly suffocates the baby & stuffs it in the toilet #ToiletBaby— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) September 3, 2013
That hashtag prompted immediate negative reaction from the Twittersphere, including "I think that hash is very insensitive" and "Sensationalism above all else" and "omg I can't believe the hashtag!That is awful & insensitive !!!"
A "Nancy Grace" viewer spotted the offending hashtag on-screen during the televised segment and posted it to image-sharing site Imgur: