His name is Aiden and we're at the Motel 6 on tropicana. If anyone knows anything about his moms location please call!! pic.twitter.com/ZxfjWJGd2d- Jake⚓️ (@jreid323) October 2, 2017
Doris Huser experienced every mother's worst nightmare when she and her five-year-old son got separated in the middle of the Las Vegas shooting that claimed 59 lives Sunday night. But thanks to social media, information about her missing child spread quickly, and Aden was reunited with his family in under two hours, ABC News reports.
Huser told ABC she was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival with her son Aden, her 8-year-old daughter, and Aden's aunt. But a fun family night out took a tragic turn when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino. Aden, who had stayed behind with his aunt, got separated from his family amidst all the chaos.
"The whole crowd just started rushing right at me," Huser said. "I was screaming at the top of my lungs, but screaming did no good. It did nothing, we couldn't find them."
Lindsey Rogers, 26, was hiding in a merchandise tent when she saw Aden alone. Rogers decided to pull the child into the tent with her to protect him from the gunfire.
"I was nervous to take him because I knew that his mom would be devastated to find that her child was gone, but in the moment we thought that the best decision was to get as many people as safe as possible," Rogers said. "The shots were so sporadic and it wasn't stopping so we took a chance."
A fellow concertgoer with the Twitter handle @jreid323 shared a photo of Aden on Twitter hoping to reconnect the young boy with his family. "His name is Aiden and we're at the Motel 6 on tropicana. If anyone knows anything about his moms location please call!!" the post read.
Taylor Sutton and her boyfriend Chris Cunningham, an off-duty officer with the Las Vegas Metro Police, also shared photos of Aden on their social media platforms to help spread awareness. After spotting the post, someone sent a phone number to one of their inboxes.
"I'm not even sure how it happened. I just know all of a sudden we had a phone number, and we called it and it was his grandpa," Sutton told ABC.
Aden's grandfather met with the good Samaritans at Sunrise Hospital. When Huser was finally able to see her son the next morning, she couldn't hold back the tears. "I lost it and I started crying," she said. "I said, 'I'll never leave you ever again. ... We will all go together, no matter what, every time.'"
Huser took to the same social media platforms that helped reunite her with her son to praise the people who kept him safe and thank other Facebook users who helped spread the word. "Today we met up with the heroes that saved Aden life!!" she wrote on Facebook. "I will be forever in debt to Lindsey Rogers, Chris Cunningham and Taylor Sutton for saving my son!"
Yet not every online interaction has been quite so positive. Huser says she's been dealing with cruel comments on her posts, shaming her for even bringing her young son to the concert in the first place.
"I am going back to thank all the people that shared the pictures of Aden and Samantha on facebook... Only to find that hundreds of people all over the world are shaming me and judging me and saying horrible things like what an irresponsible mother I am for having him out so late," she said.
People were quick to shower Huser with support.
"The people who tend to judge are the ones that have no idea what they're talking about!," one commenter wrote. "NOBODY knows what they 'would have done' in that situation. We all mom differently and that's fine, but it's pathetic that they take the time to say such awful things to you and make you struggle even more than you already have."
Another chimed in, "You and your babes are safe. That's what matters. Now it's time to focus on healing. Ignore the mean people."
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