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"Baby Shaker" application for iPhone pulled by Apple

Apple pulled an application called "Baby Shaker" from its online store Wednesday after the company received outraged complaints from child welfare groups.

The 99-cent-application, created by a company called Sikalosoft, was available for iPhone users to download on Monday through Apple's App store, said the New York Daily News.

The application shows a sketch of a infant. When the infant begins to cry, the user can shake the device to silence the infant. After enough shakes, the crying will stop and two red Xs will appear over the infant's eyes.

The day Apple posted the application also coincided with the beginning of Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week, said the
Chicago Tribune
.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told the Chicago Tribune that the company evaluates the applications before they are posted. Obviously, she said, there was an error.

"This application was deeply offensive," she said. "We sincerely apologize for this mistake."