A mum has been arrested after using her daughter to trick people into believing she needed chemotherapy. Members of an Ohio community who gave money to help pay for a 7-year-old girl's chemotherapy treatments are furious now that police say the child never had cancer at all.
Teresa Milbrandt, of Urbana, Ohio, received at least $10,000 in donations from businesses and residents, police estimate. They say they don't know what she did with the money.
Police say Milbrandt shaved her daughter's head, gave her sleeping pills and put a bandage on her back that was supposed to be a "port" for chemotherapy, all to make it seem as if young Hannah was undergoing treatment.
Milbrandt allegedly admitted the hoax this week to the Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services. Gary Kimpel of the Urbana Police Department said the agency was notified after employees at Hannah's school noticed that the girl's hair was not falling out, but appeared to have been cut or shaved.
"She said it started as a white lie that got out of control, was her explanation," Kimpel said on ABCNEWS' Good Morning America.The 35-year-old mother has been charged by police, who said the hoax has been going on since at least April. Police say they are investigating both of the girl's parents. Hannah has been placed with relatives.