Mother Exploits Daughter For Financial Gain

Juanita Ortiz Garcia, 46, is the mother of a seven-year-old girl. The Texas mother was charged with exploitation of a child after allegedly telling her she had terminal cancer in order to get charity donations.

Her daughter believed she only had months to live after her mother told her she had terminal cancer in June. Garcia even shaved her daughter's hair and shared pictures of her child on Facebook. She captioned the photos with "Princess fighting her cancer."

Police say she told friends and strangers that her daughter had cancer to get donations for treatment. The reported scam was found out by Child Protective Services and reported to police. It is still unknown how much money Garcia received.

In addition, Garcia admitted to investigators that her daughter was never diagnosed with cancer and she received "monetary donations from various persons"--this is according to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.

Garcia's daughter was removed from the home while Garcia was charged with exploitation of a child, a third-degree felony.

Photo: Daily Mail, Colorado News Day

Woman fakes daughter's cancer for monetary gain.

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