One local mom's online shopping adventure was more than she bargained for.
Twenty-three-year-old Kelsey Williamson of Benton is mom to 3-year-old Salem.
"I love to shop online," said Kelsey. "She (Salem) knows that when the mail comes it's wardrobe time, fashion show time."
Until last month, Kelsey's shopping adventures had provided Salem with some very cute and unique outfits.
However, that changed with an order Kelsey placed on May 10 to a seller on AliExpress.com, a China-based retailer similar to Etsy.
Kelsey found a cute T-shirt featuring Frog and Toad, characters from Arnold Lobel's children's books, for only $5. The shirt was marketed with search engine terms including "Kids Funny Short Sleeve Tops" and "Children Cute T-shirt."
When the shirt arrived, Kelsey was shocked.
Instead of the shirt she ordered, what came had a slogan added to the bottom.
"I literally didn't know what to think," said Kelsey, as she looked at the slogan that read "f*** the police."
"It's definitely not something would condone or even how we believe," said Kelsey, adding that her grandpa, with whom the family lives, donates to law enforcement causes regularly.
"I'm not sure why they would put that on a children's shirt," she added.
After calling her husband, Kelsey said they decided to chalk it up to a bad experience.
"I put it on her," she said, noting that Salem can't read, "and took a picture. I was going to add it to baby stuff as something to laugh about when she is grown."
However, Kelsey decided to share the photo on her Facebook.
"I had marked it private," she said. Then, a friend asked to share it to someone else.
"I gave permission," said Kelsey, who had no idea that the post would go viral in a matter of minutes.
"I got something like 200 comments within the first 10 minutes," she said, and it's barely slowed down.
However, many of those commenting began making comments about Salem's weight.
The 3-year-old has been under the care of specialists at St. Louis' Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital for the past 18 months, with still no answers as to her overweight condition.
"I had a few people call me a bad mom," she said. "I don't care about that, but then people started commenting on her weight. I had no idea that it (cyberbullying) could get that bad. She's just a baby."
One poster commented, "That's a FAT baby." Another wrote, "What does mom feed her?"
Another told her she should have bought a bigger shirt.
"I just can't believe that people would be so cruel to a little girl," she said.
Kelsey said she considered taking the post down, but acknowledges that it's already too late for that.
"It's been shared everywhere," she said.
She is trying to stay in good spirits and keep what's happened in perspective about getting a "faulty product."
On Sunday, Kelsey announced via Facebook that she is "taking a break from social media" because of the backlash from the May 30 post.
"This past week of Facebook has gotten pretty gross for me, as you've prob seen," she wrote. "I just feel dirty by it and gotta get away for a little bit."
While the storefront is still up on AliExpress, the shirt is no longer for sale.
The Benton News reached out to the store via the sales platform but has not yet received a reply.