Ohio mom accused of faking daughter’s cancer diagnosis, collecting donations

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A Noble County woman is facing charges after allegedly telling the public her daughter was fighting cancer and collecting donations.

The Sheriff’s Office released the following statement.:

On January 4, 2024, the Noble County Sheriff’s Office and Noble County Children’s Services received information regarding a potential theft by deception. The information that was relayed was in reference to a local child that had been publicly portrayed to be fighting cancer. Several local organizations had participated in fund raising efforts and had made monetary contributions to help the family offset medical expenses.

After obtaining information, Sheriff Mackie, along with Detectives and Children Services began an investigation into the allegation, they were able to confirm that the child did not have cancer. They also confirmed that one local organization had donated approximately $8,000.00 to the family to aid in the cancer treatment expenses.

On January 8, 2024, Sheriff Mackie along with detectives arrested Pamela Reed, 41 years old, of Pleasant City, Ohio, and transported her to the Noble County Jail. Reed was interviewed and admitted during questioning that she had exaggerated and fabricated medical conditions to receive monetary donations from local organizations.

Reed was charged with theft, by deception, a felony of the fourth degree. Noble County Court Judge Jennifer Arnold set her bond at $50,000.

Joint statement issued by Sheriff Jason Mackie and Misty Wells Director of Department of Job and Family Services:

“We are extremely proud of the Children’s Services staff along with law enforcement collaborative efforts to quickly act for safety these children. Child abuse and neglect isn’t always cut and dry, cookie cutter scenarios. If you as a professional or as a member of our community feel like something just isn’t quite right, don’t hesitate, make the report. The grit and devotion of this team is inspiring.”

If you or an organization you are involved with may have been a victim in this case please contact the contact the Noble County Sheriff’s office at 740-7325631.