Donald Trump Crying Baby's Mom Calls BS on Critics

8/8/2016 5:15 PM PDT

Donald Trump did not boot a baby out of his rally for crying ... so says the kid's mother, who's defending the candidate and scoffing at reporters who trashed him.

Devan Cierra Ebert says she was halfway out the door with 18-month-old Vinnie when Trump told the VA crowd, "Get that baby out of here!"

Ebert has reached out to Trump's people to make it clear ... she harbors no resentment and actually thinks Trump said what he said in good fun.

She also makes it clear ... no one's paid her off to say this.