According to the court documents, the 35-year-old mother, Lindsay, accepted an appearance on her local news channel last year. During the appearance, the young mother reportedly spoke about her 10-year-old daughter’s terminal illness. Her family, friends as well as other members of the public, including local sports teams, donated cash and gifts to help the mother care for her sick little girl. Now, the 11-year-old girl is miraculously better. But it wasn’t the generous donations that helped turn her life around, prosecutors said. During an interview in February, the mother explained that her daughter had gotten very sick and could no longer live life normally.
It turned out that her mother had lied about terminal illness, court records say. Authorities have gone so far as to assert that the mother lied about the illness and tricked her daughter, who is no longer being named, into believing that she was sick and going to die. The little girl allegedly even went through counseling to come to terms with her own inevitable death. Since this story broke, the girl, now eleven, has been taken out of her mother’s home and placed into temporary protective custody under the County Department of Job and Family Service. Investigators claim that the mother received thousands of dollars in sympathy donations from those she tricked with the scheme.
“Her doctors were concerned that the sport was a little bit too physical for her with her medical condition,” the mother said. However, the mother also said that her daughter’s dreams to play softball in high school and college would never manifest because the child was dying of a terminal illness. “So we had to make the tough decision last year that she was going to walk away and not be able to play anymore,” she said. The girl’s imaginary condition affected her nervous system. According to mom, the girl’s brain would eventually shut down and quit working on her.
However, documents submitted to the court by the County Department of Job and Family Services claim that the girl’s diagnosis was unsupported. Instead, mom invented the girl’s illness “to obtain trips, housing, and other expenses over the last several years.” “After a thorough review of the girl’s medical records… The medical professional indicates there is no evidence to support the mother’s claim that (the girl) is terminally ill.” The complaint stated the girl “Has been engaged in counseling for the past three years to learn how to ‘process her own death.’” When the girl’s counselor was leaving on maternity leave, the mother told her that her daughter might no longer be alive upon her return to work. The mother also stands accused of creating a GoFundMe account where she raised more than $4,000.