grrrrrrrrr worst parents of 2003 award goes to......

  1. damn I am so mad I have to just type this to vent for a moment...
    first that poor little story about the dog getting his ears cut off and now THIS
    apparently there was a family with a young daughter and they faked everyone into thinking she had cancer so they could raise thousands of dollars for themselves!
    seems mom gave the kid tylenol cold and sleeping pills and then shaved her hair while she slept to give the appearance of hair loss due to chemo, even had her walking around in an isolation mask because she was "sick", also gramma was in on the whole scheme, they raised over 15,000 bucks I think, I'd post a smart newslink but I've been too peeved to read up on it anymore...
    they need to pay ,and pay BIG
    I cannot fathom putting your child thru that ,her believing she is horribly sick, shaving her head all in the name of raising money for yourselves!
    selfish !#@$%^&*'s

    Edited because I swore
  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   Beach_RN
    I also read the mother had her attend therapy inorder to prepare her for death! Very Very Sick!..... That poor little girl.. the father attorney said he was completely unaware b/c the mother handled all the medical care and bills!....... I wonder.. my H would definetely be involved in his childrens healthcare if they were diagnosed with a life threatning condition!

    It totally upsets me too!
  4. by   kimmicoobug
    Did they ever state what the motive was, or did they just do it for the money?
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    omg..anyone got a link?
  6. by   PennyLane
    That's so sick. Where was this?
  7. by   Beach_RN

    Parents, grandmother arrested in cancer hoax
    Wednesday, January 15, 2003 Posted: 9:19 AM EST (1419 GMT)

    Mary K. Russell, Hannah's grandmother, is placed in a police car by an Urbana Police Division officer on Tuesday in Urbana, Ohio.

    URBANA, Ohio (AP) -- Police arrested the parents and grandmother of a 7-year-old girl who was told she had leukemia as part of an apparent fund-raising hoax that netted about $10,000 in donations from well-wishers.

    Robert J. Milbrandt, 44, his wife, Teresa L. Milbrandt, 35, and her mother, Mary K. Russell, 57, all of Urbana, were arrested Tuesday. The scheme, which had been going on since April, was discovered in December, police said.

    The girl, Hannah, had been taken from the couple and placed in the custody of relatives.

    Robert J. Milbrandt, Hannah's father, is escorted to a police car by Sgt. David Reese.

    To make Hannah's cancer appear believable, police said, Teresa Milbrandt shaved the girl's hair, gave her sleeping pills, had her wear a protective mask and put her in counseling to prepare for death. Hannah also wore a large bandage to cover a "port" for chemotherapy injections that wasn't there, police said.

    "We interviewed well over 100 people and felt it was time to make the arrests," police Lt. Garry Kimpel said. "Hannah is still in protective custody."

    Russell and the Milbrandts were charged with theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. The Milbrandts were charged, in addition, with endangering children and possession of criminal tools.

    Teresa L. Milbrandt, Hannah's mother, is escorted from the Urbana Police Department by Lt. Garry Kimpel on Tuesday.

    Robert Milbrandt's lawyer, Mark Feinstein, said his client "had absolutely no idea this was going on." He said his client believed his wife's story that their daughter had leukemia.

    "That's too horrific of a lie to think she's not telling you the truth," Feinstein said.

    Feinstein said his client suspected nothing because his wife handled the medical bills and usually took their daughter to Dayton for what she said were cancer treatments. He said Hannah has a blood disorder that requires quarterly checkups.


    Copyright 2003 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
    Last edit by Beach_RN on Jan 15, '03
  8. by   2ndCareerRN
    All you have to do is ask..........

    This was back in Dec. Haven't heard anything else since.

  9. by   2ndCareerRN
    Hey B_Matt

    yours is newer than mine, plus I am to lazy to post the whole article.

  10. by   Beach_RN
    That's ok Bob! I still love ya! I just overly eager!
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    Hmmm....$15,000 you say?

  12. by   night owl
    Now there's a couple who should have been neutered and spayed BEFORE they were married... That's just too sick! and to your own child...People will do anything for money. Were they planning on murdering her somehow when they felt the time was right? Or did they plan on a miracle cure??? {{{sheesh}}}
  13. by   night owl
    Hey sunny, I like your sig line!!!
  14. by   deespoohbear
    originally posted by night owl
    now there's a couple who should have been neutered and spayed before they were married...{{{sheesh}}}