It’s child abuse to tell your kid he has cancer in order to get money

Sorry to bring you down first thing this week but some people seem beyond comprehension.

New Jersey Mom Allegedly Told Son, 9, He Had Cancer as Part of Scam – ABC News.

A New Jersey mother faces arrest for an alleged scam in which she told her 9-year-old son, family and friends that the boy had stage three cancer.

Susan Stillwaggon, 35, of Pennsauken, N.J., has been charged with theft by deception, forgery, endangering the welfare of a child and using a child to commit a criminal offense.

Stillwaggon allegedly told her son, that he had stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and she accepted at least $3,500 in funds raised for the boy.

There were no charges of physical abuse but leading your child to believe he has a fatal illness is abuse. The boy does not have cancer. An anonymous tip led police to investigate the case after several events held by various people who attempted to raise money for the family. The father also did not know of the scam. Stillwaggon is currently receiving psychiatric treatment according to a source in the story. Yeah…

Was this a case of Munchausen by Proxy? Or was she just in need of the money?

Faking cancer is very common these days. We’ve posted on this before. But while searching for info on this story, I also found these related stories.

Mom explains why she ‘faked’ having cancer |

For the last two years Martha Nicholas has been known as the woman who faked having cancer. This week a judge handed down a 10-year prison sentence to the 43-year-old Mechanicsville mother after she plead no contest in January to Medicaid fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses. The judge suspended all 10 years of that sentence, meaning Nicholas will serve no time behind bars.

Judge Overton Harris said he suspended the sentence because he believed jail time served no purpose. Harris said he believed Nicholas’ case has more to do with mental illness than fraud.

Plymouth conman lied about having cancer and a disabled child | This is Plymouth.

A SERIAL fraudster who pretended he had a disabled child and lied about having cancer to set up a series of cons adding up to £14,000 has avoided a jail sentence.

  3 comments for “It’s child abuse to tell your kid he has cancer in order to get money

  1. April 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    So sad. I help someone of fb that has a child with a heart condition. People sometimes say “How do you know she’s not faking it?” It’s so sad, as I truly know she isn’t (photographs and people that know her personally). Also, she never asks for money. She is just “I’ve set up a fund for when my child will need a heart transplant”, but she can’t touch it until it is needed. So how do I “help”? I go buy a couple of silly gifts for her children, often from the dollar store, and send them every once in a bit. It’s sad people say “Oh, how do you know you can trust her?” and I am “Because she is happy getting stuff from the dollar store for her kids.” The scammers, make the people really needing help not get it.

  2. MidianGTX
    April 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I’ve heard a few stories about people claiming they themselves have cancer, but this is a new low.

    Also, I know people don’t like to ask questions for fear of upsetting anybody, but when you’re raising money for an illness there are ways to get your cause officially certified to ensure people can donate without having to worry about its credibility.

  3. Peter Barber
    April 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    This is the same scam run by the father in the Showtime program Shameless.

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