Mother Who Faked Daughter’s Cancer Faces Even More Charges

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ATLANTIC, Iowa -- Formal charges have been filed against the Atlantic mother who police say claimed her daughter was suffering from terminal cancer for financial gain, including a trip for her family to Disney World.

Leatha Slauson, 30, claimed her 5-year-old daughter was dying from colorectal cancer. Officials found out the girl wasn't sick when she was registered for school.

Slauson is facing a total of 19 charges. They include two counts of child endangerment, distribution of drugs to a minor, two counts of administering harmful substances, two counts of assault while participating in a felony, two counts of domestic abuse assault and 10 counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug. If convicted, she could serve up to 67 years in prison.

"There are some questions still that need answered. The sources as to where the drugs came from as well as the financial aspect," says Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner.

Investigators are still waiting on bank records to determine to determine how much money Slauson may have pocketed. Feistner says it looks like the community donated between $10,000 and $30,000.

Courts documents show that Slauson inserted a feeding tube through the nose and into the stomach of her daughter to administer the cannabis oil and injected the drug Neupogen without any medical advice.

The latter is a drug that helps your body make white blood cells and is used during chemotherapy. It can cause muscle and joint pain, cramping, stiffness and bodily injury.

"It's just heartbreaking to think that a mother could do that to do her own child," says Kathy Kerns of Atlantic.

"The child in question here, to my knowledge, is doing better in school and back with her father," says Feistner.

Slauson's Cass County trial is scheduled to start on November 12. She is being held on a $35,000 cash only bond.


  • Justice

    How was she able to get her hands on neupogen? My daughter had to have this drug when she was hospitalized with leukemia. The nurses injected it… We sure never did it at home. This woman should be ashamed of herself and she should never be able to be around children again.

  • Justice

    Fortunately, we never had to ask others for help when our daughter was sick. However this woman angers more than I would have ever expected. There are many people here with needs and we have so many kind hearted people in our great state of Iowa. When people like this take advantage for no reason the good people are reluctant to help with a legitimate need. I hope your family trip to Disney was worth it because now the truly needy might have to do without because of people like you.

    • donnabert

      Maybe she did/does have a legitimate need and this is how she was feeding her family. Expect more of this as we continue to worship CEOs and shower them with money that should be used to pay workers a living wage.

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