Police Charge Woman Who Claimed Daughter Was Sick

Created: 08/22/2014 1:01 PM

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - An Atlantic woman has been charged with child endangerment after police say she solicited money and widespread attention from the community by saying her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer when it turns out the girl isn't sick.

KCCI television reports 30-year-old Leatha Kaye Slauson is in jail. An investigation began Thursday after police received a report of possible child abuse.

Atlantic police say the community rallied to help Riley Slauson enjoy what everyone believed was a life shortened by cancer. Fundraisers helped pay for a trip to Disney World and to ease the family's financial burden.

Leatha Kaye Slauson