Police said a mother pretended her 7-year-old daughter had leukemia to get donations, shaving the girl’s head and giving her sleeping pills.
“She said it was a little white lie that got out of control,” Sgt. David Reese said Thursday about the woman, Teresa Milbrandt.
The 35-year-old woman received more than $10,000 from businesses and residents of this community about 40 miles northwest of Columbus, estimated police Lt. Garry Kimpel. Authorities said they do not know what she did with the money. […]
Police said Milbrandt gave her daughter sleeping pills and shaved her head, then told her when she woke up that she had had chemotherapy. They said she even put the girl in counseling to prepare to die.
—Austin American Statesman