Mom shaved daughter's head, told her that she was dying for cancer scam
Juanita Ortiz Garcia, though, wasn't just lying to strangers. She also tricked her daughter into believing she was dying of the incurable illness, even going as far as shaving the child's head to lend credibility to the ruse.
SEE ALSO: 'Fake' doctor accused of prescribing bag of dirt to cancer patient
The Hidalgo County Sheriffs Office reported in a Facebook post that the 46-year-old mom was reporting to people in person and via social media, that her daughter had terminal cancer and only had months to live. Witnesses reported that Garcia would approach them asking for monetary donations to pay for her daughter's cancer treatments.
Through the course of the investigation, Investigators reportedly discovered that seven year old child had been medically evaluated, and no illness had been found. During questioning, Garcia admitted to Investigators that her daughter had never been diagnosed with cancer, and that she had obtained monetary donations from various persons.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office said in their post that they in no way want this news to discourage people from donating to legitimate and worthy causes. They just want them to take some precautions before doing so. Watch this teen cancer survivor get the birthday surprise of a lifetime:
More children in the news:
World's 'loneliest schoolboy' to receive hundreds of cards from Redditors
Navy SEALs make dream come true for 14-year-old battling leukemia for second time
Insane Clown Posse embraces burn victim as member of their family