Mom Faked Kid's Cancer to Scam Church
Woman allegedly drugged son to make him appear ill
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2010 2:12 PM CDT
A green leukemia ribbon is seen in this stock photo.   (AP)

(Newser) – A Michigan mom was charged with three felony counts today, after allegedly tricking her son into believing he had cancer, and the local church into raising money for him. According to police, Carol Lynn Schnuphase, 47, told her 12-year-old boy he had leukemia, then shaved his head, drugged his food, and posted Facebook updates lamenting his increasingly poor health.

That convinced her church to hold a series of fundraisers that pulled in more than $7,000, the Detroit Free Press reports. Schnuphase faces two felony counts of false pretenses, and one of second-degree child abuse, which could land her in prison for more than 10 years. Her son is in foster care, and seems healthy.

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Oct 3, 2010 4:48 AM CDT
as a mother who lost her 19 yr old daughter to leukemia, i am beyond disgusted. my caitlin fought hard for 5 yrs. real kids are dying from leukemia every damn day and for some mother to do this to her child (and some of you to think it is funny) is horrible. try walking the oncology floor of your nearest childrens' hospital for a few weeks and then see how humorous it is.
Oct 1, 2010 4:20 PM CDT
Without a doubt, this is bad, but why shouldn't people scam the church? Churches scam all of the people all of the time!
Oct 1, 2010 4:15 PM CDT
Isn't this what the bankers did with mortgage? OK everything but the drugging. Hit those guys with felony counts of false pretenses.