Abusive mum convinced daughter she had terminal illness to scam fundraisers

A mum has been accused of allegedly fabricating her daughter's terminal illness to "obtain funding for trips, housing, and other expenses of the last several years".

Lindsey Abbuhl, from Ohio, US, reportedly told police officers when she was confronted with the allegation that she had fabricated her daughter's medical condition that: "We did not intentionally do that."

The 34-year-old mum had previously told her community and local newspaper, the Canton Repository, that the young girl suffers from a "central nerve system malfunction".

During a softball 'bucket list' event for her daughter, Abbuhl said the girl had just two months to live, the publication reports.

A complaint filed with the Stark County Family Court on May 14 states investigators with the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services did a forensic interview with the child and determined that there was "no medical evidence" to support the mother's claim that her daughter was physically ill.

The complaint also alleges that Abbuhl placed her daughter in counseling for the past three years "to learn how to 'process her own death'".

It also alleges that she told the child's counselor, who was going on maternity leave, that the child "may not be alive" when the counselor returned.

More than £2,800 ($4,000) is reported to have been raised for the family on crowdfunding platform GoFundMe which is now said to have been returned to donors, the website told CNN.

"We are working with local law enforcement officials, and we will continue to support the investigation," the news service reports being told by Ese Esan, communications manager for GoFundMe.

"Fundraisers with misuse are very rare, and if a misuse of funds takes place on GoFundMe, donors are protected, and their donations are refunded."

The child has now been placed into the temporary custody of the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services, the report adds.

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Jamie Abbuhl claimed the mother did not allow him "to participate in any medical decisions" and that he "has no access to medical records," according to the complaint.

The Canton Repository said Ms Abbuhl and her daughter were sent on a trip to Key West, Florida, in December by Wishes Can Happen and fundraisers were held for the child in the community.

No charges had been filed against Ms Abbuhl, who denies the claims.

Abbuhl has maintained her innocence, her lawyer, Paul Kelley, said in a statement to The Canton Repository.

He there was no evidence the mum "induced or created her daughter’s symptoms or conditions".

"I’ve seen no evidence produced indicating that my client did in fact fabricate the child’s test results or diagnoses — in fact the evidence I’ve reviewed which does exist, exists to the contrary," the statement said.

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