Casper mom accused of claiming son had terminal cancer to collect charity money pleads guilty

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CASPER, Wyoming — A Casper woman accused of falsely claiming her son had terminal brain cancer to collect thousands of dollars from the community has pleaded guilty.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/13it2RO ) Krishelle Layton pleaded guilty Friday to obtaining property under false pretenses but did so under a procedure that doesn't require her to admit wrongdoing. She maintains her innocence, and her attorney says she will tell her side of the story at a sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors say Layton received about $7,000 from fundraisers when word spread about her son's brain cancer.

Six-year-old Dorian Layton had a growth on his brain, but prosecutors say Krishelle Layton gave the impression that the boy was near death even though the boy's doctor said otherwise.

The deal calls for her to serve one to five years of probation.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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