Total Depravity: The Mom Who Faked Her Son’s Cancer to Raise Money


A Warren woman told her 12-year-old son he had cancer, shaved his head and eyebrows, drugged his applesauce and then held fund-raisers in his name to bilk people, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said today. Smith said in a statement that his office has authorized warrants against Carol Lynn Schnuphase, 47. She is scheduled to be arraigned in 39th District Court in Roseville on Friday, he said.

I certainly hope they take her son and give him to someone who will love and care for him and not use him as a free meal ticket (like so many welfare recipients do with their own children, Yes – some people on public assistance insist on having more children simply so they can get more money. I’ve seen it happen over and over and over- and such persons are as totally depraved as Carol Schnuphase).

But, shockingly

In the meantime, she is not in custody and plans to turn herself into police Friday morning before the arraignment, Roseville Deputy Police Chief James Berlin said. The prosecutor said the warrants are for a count of second-degree child abuse and two counts of taking money under false pretenses. The child abuse charge carries a penalty of four years in prison and the false pretenses charges are five-year felonies. The woman allegedly committed the crimes when she lived in Roseville, Smith said.

She should already be in jail without any opportunity for bail.

The saddest thing of all here is that she’s just one of doubtless countless ‘mothers’ and ‘fathers’ who have done the same thing and just not been caught, yet.


3 thoughts on “Total Depravity: The Mom Who Faked Her Son’s Cancer to Raise Money

  1. Doug 29 Sep 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Unless someone has been charged with a serious bodily crime, like murder, it is common in many states for the defendant to not be in custody. Instead, they have to show up in court otherwise a warrant is issued for their arrest. This is all to common.


    • Jim 29 Sep 2010 at 8:15 pm

      i guess my ‘hang em by the neck till dead’ system wouldnt work too well then would it


  2. doug 30 Sep 2010 at 1:13 am

    no, sadly it wont.


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