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Jury deliberations begin in trial of mom accused of faking son's cancer

Monika Burgett (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Monika Burgett (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Did a mother falsely claim her preschool-age son had terminal brain cancer and pretend to be a doctor to get unnecessary treatment for him?

Jury deliberations are set to begin Thursday morning in the trial of Monika Burgett, 39.

The Texas woman was indicted last year on felonious assault, endangering children and telecommunications fraud.

Prosecutors say she falsely claimed her 3-year-old son had cancer and convinced relatives and doctors at a Cincinnati hospital that she was a doctor. 

Court documents claim Burgett shaved the boy’s head and then posted photos of him to GoFundMe pages that ultimately raised $40,000.

“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, records show.

Doctors suspected child abuse and reported it to Hamilton County Department of Job & Family Services.

The now-5-year-old boy was removed from Burgett's custody in 2016.

The GoFundMe fundraising website has said people who gave money to Burgett will get refunds if it turns out she scammed them.

Burgett's lawyer acknowledges she lied about being a doctor but says she was trying to help her son, who now lives with his father in Texas.

Burgett declined Wednesday to take the stand and testify to defend herself.

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Burgett declined to take the stand to testify to defend herself.

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