Mom sentenced after falsely claiming son had cancer
Weddle will spend 4 years in community corrections
Last Updated: 59 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis mother who told people her 10-year-old son had cancer and collected nearly $1,500 in donations was sentenced Wednesday morning in court.
A judge sentenced Stephanie Weddle, 33, to four years in community corrections with at least one of those years on work-release. She must also pay $1,466 dollars in restitution.
When Weddle told her son and his baseball coaches he had cancer, the community responded by raising money to help the family. But the fraud was soon uncovered.
"The biggest factor was how angry people were when they found out the young boy did not have cancer. They were really upset about that. Luckily one of our detectives who was volunteering in a baseball league brought it to our attention," Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Eric Eads said.
Weddle was originally charged with theft and two counts of forgery, but in a plea agreement, she pleaded guilty to one count of forgery.
The forgery occurred when she signed fictional doctors’ names on a document to give her son permission to resume participating in sports.
Before the sentencing, Magistrate Amy Barbar told Weddle that she didn't get to go home after doing what she did.
"Restitution is essential. We are dealing with a situation where the charitable instincts of people were taken advantage of. To get that money back to them to maybe one day be used for those charitable purposes is very important," Deputy Prosecutor Tim Delaney said.
Weddle has seven children and said she wanted to be reunited with them. There will be hearings in juvenile court in January to determine if that is a possibility.
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