Responders, community scammed about girl's cancer

Leatha Kaye Slauson, 30, is accused of giving her 5-year-old daughter cannabis oil as an effort to convince the community she had terminal cancer

ATLANTIC, Iowa — Police are discouraging a community from making further contributions to a fund set up for a girl who allegedly had cancer.

KETV reported that Leatha Kaye Slauson, 30, has been charged with one count of felony child endangerment. Slauson also faces another charge of distribution of drugs to a child under the age of 18. She is being held in jail as the investigation continues.

The preliminary results of the investigation indicate that the child does not suffer from any life-threatening illnesses, according to the report.

"During the past year, the local community, as well as others around Cass County and beyond, have rallied to help the family financially, and to make what was believed to be the child's remaining time as enjoyable as possible,” a statement from police officials said. “Individuals and organizations have organized fundraisers and a trip to Disney World in order to assist the family through what was believed to be a difficult time.”

Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees issued the following statement on the fire department's Facebook page:

"The Atlantic Fire Department is saddened to hear of the events surrounding the family of Super Riley. This is now a family and legal matter. Riley was made an honorary member of our department because of her desire to become a firefighter someday, and our desire to make her dream come true. Under the current circumstances she needs our support more than ever and will remain an honorary member and we wish her nothing but the best in her future."

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