Mother faked child’s cancer story

Emily Creno is charged with one felony count of child endangerment.

Ohio woman accused of faking young son’s cancer |

A central Ohio woman faked a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son and shaved his head in a scheme that convinced him and others he was dying and bilked people out of donations, authorities said.

Court records allege the boy was taken to a hospital for symptoms such as seizures. He underwent at least 20 blood tests, more than 150 hours of inpatient monitoring and other testing that found no problems, according to the records.

Authorities say the hoax began late last year when she and others she told about the boy’s cancer diagnosis created websites in support of him. One site provided updates on his condition, and another solicited hundreds of police and fire department patches, which the boy collected, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

There were some family problems that may have prompted this. She did convince family members (though it’s not clear if she lied to the child) that he was really ill. She was caught after a REAL parent of a child with cancer noticed that the updates to his condition did not make sense and tipped authorities.

  2 comments for “Mother faked child’s cancer story

  1. September 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Sick of these stories & sick minded parents. Must surely be time to frame a law for this sort of fraud & mental stress & manipulation of a child.

  2. September 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Paul, at least this child was removed from her parents: A 3-Year-Old Girl with Eye Pain. Reading it makes me rage a bit.

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