CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio prosecutors say a woman pretended to be a doctor to get unnecessary medical treatment for her preschool-age son, who she falsely claimed had terminal cancer.
A Hamilton County prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that 39-year-old Monika Burgett falsely claimed her 3-year-old son had cancer and convinced relatives and doctors at a Cincinnati hospital that she was a doctor. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Burgett’s son was treated with drugs including methadone before doctors reported suspected child abuse to the county’s family services.
She also created GoFundMe pages that raised more than $40,000 in donations, according to the Enquirer.
The now-5-year-old boy was removed from Burgett’s custody in 2016. Court records show he lives with his father.
Burgett is on trial for child endangering and other offenses.
Her attorney says Burgett was trying to get help for her son’s medical problems but lied about being a doctor.