More Charges Against Mom In Fake Cancer Fundraising Scam

By: WOWT 6 News, The Associated Press Email
By: WOWT 6 News, The Associated Press Email

More charges have been filed against the Atlantic, Iowa woman accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis.

Thirty-year-old Leatha Slauson has been charged with domestic abuse and assault charges in connection to the case involving her 5-year-old daughter. The charges are in addition to earlier charges of child endangerment causing bodily injury, drug distribution to a minor and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

Slauson, a married mother of five, is accused of telling the community her youngest child had terminal cancer. Police say an investigation determined the child is not sick. The community rallied to the family's cause. Donations were made on the Internet and local events were held to raise money.

Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner said her story fell apart when the school district was unable to locate anyone who had treated the girl, even though Slauson claimed to have taken her daughter to Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.

Slauson's husband did not know about the scam. The state has given him custody of all five children.

A trial date has been scheduled for November 12th in Cass County District Court.

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