West Tennessee Mom Accused Of Soliciting Donations For 'Sick' Son
MEDINA, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - A West Tennessee mother is facing a theft charge in connection to fundraisers for her son, who she claimed had cancer.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 35-year-old Jamie Decker, of Medina, is accused of soliciting donations fraudulently based upon a claim that her 11-year-old son suffered from cancer. She was charged with theft over $10,000.
The TBI statement said doctors who treated the boy have determined he does not have cancer, but suffered from caregiver abuse at the hands of his mother.
Investigators said Decker had been making up the story that her son suffered from cancer to raise money for her family since 2008. The TBI determined at least $10,000 in donations were made to the family, but has not determined an exact amount of the total money solicited.
The Jackson Sun said at least $2,405 was donated on a popular web-based fundraising site, and in addition to community fundraising events, the boy also received a trip to Walt Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South.
The boy was no longer in his mother's custody. It wasn't immediately clear whether Decker has an attorney.
Decker was booked into the Gibson County Correctional Complex without bond.
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