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Mother Accused of Faking Daughter’s Cancer Pleads Guilty

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CASS COUNTY, Iowa — A woman accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis has pleaded guilty to giving her daughter cancer treatment drugs and theft.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, Leatha Slauson admitted to five charges including two counts of child endangerment, possessing and administering harmful substances and theft. She had originally faced twenty charges in connection with the case.

"I felt strongly that the mother should at least plead to the child endangerment felony charges as well as the administering of the harmful substances," said Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner.

According to investigators, Slauson faked her daughter’s cancer diagnosis and collected donations for her treatment. Slauson injected cancer treatment drugs and inserted a feeding tube into the girl. She also collected money from the community for help with her daughter’s treatment and took her family on a trip to Disneyworld with some of the proceeds. Authorites found $13,000 in a bank account and say another $13,000 had already been spent.

The Judge agreed to let Slauson out of jail until her sentencing on December 22. As part of the release, Slauson cannot contact her husband or her children and will undergo a mental evaluation.

"That's the main reason I'm letting you out. I want you to get that evaluation done before sentencing," Judge Mark Eveloff told Slauson.

"If there isn't some issue, she wouldn't have done it. This is isn't something somebody does that doesn't have some mental health," explained her defense attorney, Jay Mez.

She faces up to 21 years in prison.


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