‘She’s not a monster’: Toddler with rare disorder becomes victim of cyberbullying

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A South Carolina toddler has been fighting for her life since birth.  Now, she and her family have to fend off Internet trolls.

"This is bullying," says the girl's mother, Kyra Pringle.  "This is not right."

Kyla Pringle with her 2-year-old daughter, Mariah

Kyla Pringle with her 2-year-old daughter, Mariah

Pringle knows the internet can be terrible place.  But it's especially bad when it goes after her 2-year-old daughter.  Mariah Anderson was born with Chromosome 2 Duplication Syndrome - a rare disorder that impairs her learning and motor skills.

"She's fought for her life since she got here," said Pringle.  Her daughter's life expectancy is grim, but that doesn't stop Mariah from being the darling of the family.

Kyra was horrifed when she learned her daughter's photo became an internet joke gone viral.

"I never thought in a million years that I would be sitting here trying to give Mariah's story like this because of the negative," Pringle said.

Thousands shared her daughter's birthday photo online.  Some photoshopped crude captions and others left downright rude comments.

"The smile that you guys think is funny or the smile that you guys are comparing to a leprechaun, the smile that you guys are comparing to all these disgusting things like... the things you are saying about my child, she's not a monster, she's not fake, she's real, she is here," Kyra said.

Linda Pringle, Mariah's grandmother

Linda Pringle, Mariah's grandmother

"If you're out there and you're doing these things, and you think that it's funny, it's not funny," said Linda Pringle, Mariah's grandmother.  "This is actually a human being, this is a child, this is a baby."

Meanwhile, Mariah's father just wants the virtual storm to pass.

"People gonna do what they gonna do, you know what I'm saying? The only thing that's really bothering me is bothering my family," said David Anderson.

David Anderson, Mariah's father

David Anderson, Mariah's father

A family that knows the joke will fade away and their time with Mariah is all that matters.

"She's just a joy, it's a joy to have her just right now. It's just to the point where we're just enjoying her," said Kyra Pringle.

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