Nothing good ever comes of faking cancer. Emily Creno-King, a 31-year-old Ohio woman, learned that lesson the hard way. As of Tuesday this week, her home is an Ohio jail cell.
Earlier this year, Creno-King was accused of faking her son’s cancer to solicit cash and gifts through a Facebook page. The scam was soon sniffed out.
Her children were taken away from the county after she tried to kill herself, she’s had a stay in a mental hospital, another stay in a Salvation Army shelter and attempted suicide two more times.
She was finally getting herself back on track. She had a job interview waiting for her, and most importantly, she was able to arrange a supervised visit with her two kids.
But when she showed up to see them for the first time in four months earlier this week, accompanied by her father, police arrested her on a charge of felony child endangerment.
“She was set up,” said her dad, Carlos King, 62. “We had no idea that was coming.”
Now Creno-King is in Licking County Jail, left to reflect on what led her to pretend her 5-year-old son JJ (pictured, with his mother) had cancer, going so far as to put the boy through months of medical tests, including 20 blood tests, 150 hours of electroencephalographs and six radiographic exams — even though doctors said he checked out again and again as a normal, healthy kid.
Creno-King also had the child put on medication for seizures. And she shaved his head to make it look like he’d lost his hair due to chemotherapy.
She fooled everyone into believing the boy had terminal cancer, even the boy himself, who expected to die. JJ’s 8-year-sister Sophia also fell for the scam as did JJ’s father, John Creno, who separated from Emily a few weeks before she first claimed that JJ had cancer.
“I think it was her way to get back at me,” Creno told the Columbus Disptach. “Then she figured out she could get some money, and then probably, ‘I’m in too deep.’”
Creno-King also duped the woman who created the Facebook page through which she solicited donations. She met Darcie Lutz through a support group for a cranial disease that causes excess fluid on the brain.
Creno-King does not have that condition.
On her Facebook page, Creno-King asked people to send arm patches from police departments across the country so she could make them into a quilt for her son, who she claimed dreamed of growing up to be a police officer.
She received over 1,000 patches.
SOURCES: Columbus Disptach (2), NBC4i