Cancer scheme mother jailed

UTICA, Ohio (WCHM) – An Ohio woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Emily Creno, of Utica, pleaded no contest to felony charges of child endangering and theft, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. She was also ordered to pay $2,955 in restitution.

Investigators said that between January 1, 2013 and May 30, 2013, Creno sought treatment from doctors for a variety of symptoms, including seizures. They said she created a Facebook page claiming her son had cancer, and soliciting fire and police uniform patches for the boy. Care packages and monetary donations poured in from around the country.

“This is completely out of character for me, I am really remorseful. I am very sorry for everyone involved and pray the court gives me a second chance,” Creno said in court Tuesday.

The indictment alleges that Creno obtained property and services by deception.

Court documents said, “officers received a letter from Nationwide Children’s Hospital regarding the welfare of (the boy), age 4. According to the letter, the defendant repeatedly took (the boy) to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to be seen for symptoms such as seizures and difficulty breathing. Each time (the boy) was brought into the hospital, staff was unable to find any signs or symptoms of medical distress. According to the letter, the action and care for her son is considered Medical Child Abuse.”

“Defendant represented to others that (the boy) had cancer. The doctor that she stated was treating (the boy) for cancer denied any such treatment. As a result of these unnecessary doctors’s visits, (the boy) underwent numerous procedures that were unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Additionally, she shaved his head and told him he was going to die.”

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