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My paper reported the story of the boy on a hospital floor. Then online lies took over | James Mitchinson

The Yorkshire Evening Post rigorously factchecked the case of Jack Williment-Barr. That didn’t stop the conspiracy theories
‘A national tabloid followed up our story.’ Jeremy Corbyn holds up a copy of the Daily Mirror showing a photograph of Jack Williment-Barr, December 2019. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

There was nothing unusual about the way the story of four-year-old Jack Williment-Barr came to our attention – the boy you may have seen in news stories of a Leeds hospital. His mother, Sarah Williment, found herself in a moment of panic: her baby needed her. Moreover, her baby needed medical care from the amazing doctors and nurses at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) but such was the demand from patients, he had to be made as comfortable as possible – on a pile of coats on the

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