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Woman accused of faking child's illness for donations

May 26, 2011 8:34:00 AM - thestate.com
Newberry County Sheriff's investigators have arrested and charged a woman who collected donations from well-wishers based on the false claim that her 15-year-old daughter had cancer.

Angela Ann Chapman, 36, Lake Street, Whitmire, was arrested around noon Wednesday and charged with obtaining goods under false pretense after the sheriff's office began receiving tips about inconsistencies in her description of her daughter's condition and treatment, the sheriff's office said.

Witnesses said Chapman told them her daughter was tested and treated at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis the weekend of May 14, and had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Pictures the girl posted of herself in pajamas at the hospital were taken in common areas such as the lobby and front of the building, and "appear to have been done solely for the purpose of gaining sympathy and support in the fraud as the child has never been a patient at St. Jude's Children's Hospital," the office said.

Investigators said the statements about the girl's treatment and condition were false. A juvenile has been charged in family court related to the case, although the sheriff's office did not confirm that it was Chapman's daughter.

Chapman has been released on a personal appearance bond.

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