Officials: Mom received $36k in donations for son’s exaggerated illness

Officials: Mom received $36k in donations for son’s exaggerated illness

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A mother from Texas is in the Hamilton County Justice Center accused of crafting a plan to fake her son's illness and steal money from online supporters.

Monika Burgett, 38, exaggerated her son's symptoms to doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, causing serious danger to the child's health, according to documents filed in Hamilton County Court.

On two separate Go Fund Me pages, Burgett claimed the 3-year-old had cancer and underwent life-threatening surgeries. The pages raised more than $36,000.

The child has Neurofibromatosis, according to a prosecutor's sworn statement, but the boy received unnecessary pain medication, oxygen and feeding tubes because Burgett deceitfully reported his symptoms.

Court documents claim Burgett shaved the boy's head then posted photos to the Go Funds Me pages.

"He receives no chemotherapy or medicine which would medically cause the loss of hair," documents state.

From April 1, 2015 to April 5, 2016, Burgett is accused of taking her son from state to state to receive treatment, some of which included pain medications like methadone, oxycodone and trileptil.

"She has portrayed herself as a Jewish doctor and has received help from the Jewish community. In fact, she is not a doctor. It is unclear if she is Jewish," read the statement from Assistant Prosecutor Anne Flanagan.

The child is now in foster care and off all pain medication, officials said.

His mother is charged with endangering children, felonious assault and telecommunications fraud.

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