Sandy NguyenSadly, it's a story we've heard before: A mom fakes her son's cancer to receive donations. It's disgusting and, particularly if you've lost someone you love to cancer, wildly offensive. But here we are again, learning that Colorado mom Sandy Nguyen allegedly convinced her family and friends that her 6-year-old son was dying of bone cancer and subsequently accepted more than $25,000 in public donations for his "disease." Nguyen thankfully was arrested on felony charges of theft and criminal impersonation.
But you'll never guess what this woman wound up actually doing with the money she received.
She went to Disneyland! Yep, the 28-year-old mom had the audacity and lack of scruples to take her family on a trip to California to the happiest place on Earth, as if she'd paid for the trip with her hard-earned money. And the scary thing is, this is sort of a strange new phenomenon. A few years ago, a mother in the UK shaved her son's head and eyebrows in order to convince people he was ill so she could receive cash. Just last year, 31-year-old Emily Creno allegedly told her 4-year-old son he was going to die and subjected the poor thing to a barrage of unnecessary medical tests to keep up the hoax. And this past September, a mother of seven, Stephanie Weddle, was accused of receiving $2,000 in donations after telling people her child was dying.
We've all heard of Munchausen by proxy, but it's really hard to wrap one's head around how someone could lie to others, and their own children, about something so serious. To say it's frightening and disgusting is an understatement. If convicted, hopefully Nguyen will pay for what she did. And hopefully her children will be put in the care of someone who's loving and responsible. Because convincing a 6-year-old that they're going to die is the most terrifying thing of all.
What do you think a suitable punishment is for this crime?