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US Mom jailed for six years after faking her 11-year-old daughter’s terminal cancer diagnosis for three years

A US mother from Ohio, Lindsey Abbuhl has been jailed for six years after pretending her 11-year-old daughter had cancer to pocket thousands of dollars in donations.

Lindsey, 35, from Canton, pleaded guilty to the hoax after she set up a fake GoFundMe page to solicit donations for her daughter Rylee, telling her she had a terminal diagnosis due to a failure of her central nervous system.

The page, Rylee’s Warriors, raised more than $4,500 before it was shut down by authorities.

She began fundraising for living and ‘medical expenses’, frequently taking Rylee to the doctors and telling her she was dying.

Charity events were held in Rylee’s honor, and the pair secured free tickets to Sea World and were made guests of honor at a Texas A&M softball game.

Rylee even began asking friends to be pallbearers at her own funeral.

Last year, a court found there was no evidence of any illness and Lindsey lost custody of her daughter.

The court granted full custody to Rylee’s father, Jamie Abbuhl, who had divorced Lindsey in 2017 and raised the alarm.

Now, Lindsey faces further punishment after she was sentenced to four to six years in prison and $8,529.90 in restitution to victims as part of her plea deal.

She admitted second degree child endangering and fourth degree theft.

Stark County Prosecutor Kyle Stone said: ‘Essentially, this plea was a way to bring closure to the several parties involved in this case.

‘This was also the best way to avoid the possibility of further traumatizing a child that has already been through so much.’

Last year, a document obtained by The Canton Repository notes a medical professional reviewed all of Rylee’s medical records involving neurology, genetics, gastrointestinal, hematology, rheumatology, pulmonology and podiatry and concluded:

‘There is no evidence to support the mother’s claim that Rylee is terminally ill.’

Rylee has seen a counselor for the past three years to learn how to ‘process her own death,’ the report stated, without knowing the girl was not terminally ill.

‘(Lindsey) also told the counselor, who is going on maternity leave, that Rylee may not be alive when the counselor returns,’ the complaint states.

The story began when Lindsey started telling friends and neighbors that her home-schooled daughter was sick.


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