A new parenting low was recorded in Ohio recently when one mom allegedly told people that her son had cancer in order to play on their sympathy and open their wallets.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Emily Creno of Utica has been charged with one felony count of child endangerment for faking her 4-year-old son’s cancer. She shaved his head and told him to play along as she informed friends and family that he had been diagnosed with the deadly disease. Court documents indicate that the mother allegedly took the son to the hospital multiple times in order to get needless blood tests and hundreds of hours of needless medical observation.
Authorities report that the hoax began late last year, with Creno creating several websites in support of her son. One site provided updates on his condition, and another solicited hundreds of police and fire department patches, which the boy collected. Authorities were tipped off to the faux diagnosis by another mother who had a daughter with leukemia who ran across the websites and detected that something didn’t sound right.
Creno has been ordered by the court to have only supervised contact with her son, who is currently in the care of a relative. Twenty or more families have reportedly donated goods and money to Creno, but there is no word on whether anyone has decided to press charges.