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Mother accused of faking son’s cancer to solicit donations

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NEWARK, Ohio -- An Ohio mother is accused faking her son's cancer.

Emily Creno of Utica was arrested on a felony charge of endangering children on Tuesday.

Investigators said Creno sought treatment from doctors for her son for a variety of symptoms, including seizures. They said she created a Facebook page claiming her son had cancer, and soliciting fire and police uniform patches for the boy. Care packages and monetary donations poured in from around the country.

Court documents said, "officers received a letter from Nationwide Children's Hospital regarding the welfare of (the boy), age 4. According to the letter, the defendant repeatedly took (the boy) to Nationwide Children's Hospital to be seen for symptoms such as seizures and difficulty breathing.

Each time (the boy) was brought into the hospital, staff was unable to find any signs or symptoms of medical distress. According to the letter, the action and care for her son is considered Medical Child Abuse."

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