This Mom’s Online Joke Snowballed Into a Very Serious and Scary Misunderstanding

As a Brit living in the U.S., I sometimes have to be careful about what I say and how I say it. That’s because not everyone gets the British sense of humor. We can be sarcastic. And I can say something that’s not meant to be taken literally, but is. That’s fine in my normal day-to-day life. I’m fairly confident that nothing I say is going to get me in any trouble beyond the awkward conversation that follows or embarrassment of trying to walk back a statement after I’ve accidentally offended someone.

But Mississippi journalist and mommy-of-one, Alex McDaniel, hasn’t been so lucky. She loves to share little stories about her personal life. In a recent op-ed she wrote: “As many of my readers and social media followers know, I’ve been quoting my adorable son on Twitter since he was two. He says the sassiest, smartest, most ridiculous things when I least expect it, and it’s one of my favorite things about him (and parenting, in general). I’ve written about it a handful of times before and am always so tickled by how many people keep up with our mother-son adventures.”

One thing she shared, however, almost led to her son being taken away from her.

Alex McDaniel holding her son
Credit: Facebook / Alex McDaniel

What did Alex McDaniel write that resulted in a visit from CPS?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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