Woman accused of lying about son having cancer

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by CNN

KMOV.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 4:18 PM

An Alabama mom is accused of lying about her son having cancer in order to raise money.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office said Sandra Lloyd was asked by some of her son’s teachers why he’d been missing so many days of school.

Authorities said she told administrators he had cancer and was being treated in Birmingham and Nashville, among other places.

Investigators said the school staff - on their own - decided they would try to pitch in and help.

“And they begin to contribute money, gift cards for gas, apparently something was said about the child not eating well, so they were giving cases of pedialyte so that they could keep the child hydrated and fed properly,” said Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson.

One local car dealership even sold Lloyd a used car for a nominal fee to help with transporting her child.

But investigators say it was all a lie.

“First, you’ve got a child that’s missed a lot of school, going to obviously have a bad impact on him educationally, and then this issue of the mother being arrested for cheating the school staff,” said Amerson. “I don’t know how that’s all going to unfold, but we can be certain it won’t be good.”

Lloyd also created a Facebook page for help for her allegedly sick child and on her personal page wrote status updates about how the medicine was keeping her son awake.

But the alleged lie came crashing down when Lloyd was arrested on an unrelated warrant and a teacher called to check on the sick child.

That’s when Lloyd’s husband - who investigators don’t think was in on the alleged scam - told teachers his son was just fine.

That left the school staff stunned.

Lloyd is in jail on a theft by deception felony charge.

Investigators met with school staff to try and figure out how much money and goods were given to her to see what - if any - more charges she may face.

 

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