Updated Thu, Sep 12, 2013 8:43 am
Authorities say a Licking County woman faked a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son and shaved his head in a scheme that convinced him and other relatives he was dying and bilked people out of donations.
Court records allege the boy was taken to a hospital for symptoms such as seizures. He underwent blood tests, more than 150 hours of inpatient monitoring and other testing that found no problems.
His mother, Emily Creno, 31, of Utica, is charged with felony child endangerment. Creno didn't comment in court as her bond was set Wednesday at $50,000. Court records listed no attorney for her.
Authorities say the alleged hoax began late last year.