FACT CHECK: Was A Central Park Tent Hospital Housing Thousands Of Abused Children Rescued From Underground Captivity?

Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Reporter

A viral Facebook post claims a tent hospital set up in New York City’s Central Park housed thousands of abused children saved from underground captivity.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence to support the claims made by the Facebook post. The field hospital only helped treat New York City coronavirus patients.

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The long text post credits President Donald Trump with the alleged rescue of the abused children from underground captivity, where they had purportedly been “kept as sex slaves” since birth.

“These precious children have been kept there as sex slaves from birth. For sexual satanic abuse rituals and for human doping to use their blood for drinking in satanic rituals for the very elite,” reads the post, in all capital letters. “The pedophile rings are being brought down across America now as we speak, where hundreds of these underground tunnels have been found and blown up after all the children have been taken out.”

It further claims the Central Park tent hospital run by nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse housed the rescued children. (RELATED: Does This Video Show Military Vehicles Arriving In New York City During The Coronavirus Pandemic?)

But the claims are baseless. The Daily Caller News Foundation found no news reporting to corroborate any of the claims made in the post. Kaitlyn Lahm, a Samaritan’s Purse spokeswoman, told PolitiFact that “these are totally false rumors.”

The Central Park field hospital received extensive media coverage during its roughly one month of operation. The facility treated nearly 200 coronavirus patients, who have all since been discharged, in partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System, according to the Samaritan’s Purse website.

“We worked hand-in-hand with Mount Sinai Hospital to bring desperately needed surge capacity,” Lahm told PolitiFact. “All patients treated at the Emergency Field Hospital were transferred from Mount Sinai to Samaritan’s Purse.”

The field hospital would have been logistically incapable of housing “thousands of babies and children,” as it was a “14-tent, 68-bed respiratory care unit,” per the Samaritan’s Purse website.

The claims made in the Facebook post appear to reference a QAnon conspiracy theory, which “centers on the baseless belief that Trump is waging a secret campaign against enemies in the ‘deep state’ and a child sex trafficking ring run by satanic pedophiles and cannibals,” according to The Associated Press.

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