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Georgia mom accused of faking child’s illness to get checks

February 23, 2019

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia mother is accused of faking her child’s illness to collect disability checks.

WSB-TV reports investigators say 34-year-old Teresa Lynne Roth made her 5-year-old son take 28 unnecessary medications and undergo unnecessary medical treatments for nearly two years. Hall County sheriff’s deputies say the child was in a wheelchair and on a feeding tube even though he was not sick.

The case started in 2016. Doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta were treating the then-3-year-old for several illnesses that investigators now say were all made up. When health care officials became suspicious, they alerted the Department of Family and Children’s Services who removed the boy from Roth’s Gainesville home in October and called authorities.

Roth was arrested Thursday for first-degree child cruelty. It’s unknown if she has an attorney.

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Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html