ATLANTIC, IA (KETV/CNN) – An Iowa mother is in trouble with the law for lying about her child's cancer diagnosis to get money.
The mother, Leatha Slauson, has been charged with one count of felony child endangerment and is facing other charges as well.
Residents of Atlantic, IA held fundraisers for the family and sent them on a trip to Disney World.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says everyone was stunned to learn they have been duped.
“I don't think the hearts of the people of this community are going to be hardened by it. I think everybody's hurt right now but everybody's going to heal,” Green said.
Police say she acted alone and the child's father has been cooperating with the investigation.
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