Mother Exaggerated Son’s Health Condition, Raised $40,000 on GoFundMe

Monika Burgett, 39, has been charged with endangering a child and fraud for exaggerating her son’s medical condition and using him to raise money online.

Her son suffers from an incurable genetic illness—neurofibromatosis. The illness led to his developing a small, noncancerous tumor in his mouth. But Burgett, pretending to be a doctor, insisted the boy had cancer and was in pain, according to court documents cited by multiple media.

In 2015, she managed to convince a pediatrician at

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