Mum, 34, allegedly lied about daughter's 'terminal illness'

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A mum has been accused of lying about her daughter's health and allegedly claimed the 11-year-old had only months to live.

Lindsey Abbuhl, from Ohio, US, and her daughter came to the attention of Stark County Department of Job and Family Services last week, according to NBC.

The 34-year-old mum had previously told her community and local newspaper, the Canton Repository, that the young girl suffers from a "central nerve system malfunction".

During a softball 'bucket list' event for her daughter, Abbuhl said the girl had just two months to live, the publication reported.

Last week, the Department of Job and Family Services filed a complaint against the mum, saying they had taken the 11-year-old for a medical examination and there was "no medical evidence" to support Abbuhl's claims.

The complaint also said the girl told investigators she was not sick.

 Lindsey Abbuhl is accused of fabricating her daughter's terminal illness. Source: Facebook
Lindsey Abbuhl is accused of fabricating her daughter's terminal illness. Source: Facebook

The mum reportedly took her child see a counsellor so she could "to learn how to process her own death", the complaint said, according to NBC News.

When the counsellor was about to go on maternity leave, the 34-year-old allegedly told her the child may not be alive when she came back.

Police asked Abbuhl about the allegations of fabricating her daughter's illness, to which, the complaint says, she responded: "We did not intentionally do that."

The young girl's dad has been granted temporary custody of her, WEWS reported. 

The father did not have access to his daughter's medical records, nor was he involved in "any medical decisions", CNN reported.

It has been widely reported that more than $4000 was raised through a GoFundMe set up for the family.

Some publications claim it was created by a third party, but it has since been taken down, a GoFundMe spokesperson said.

The company will provide a refund to anyone who requests one.

The softball event for the young girl.
During a softball event for her daughter, Ms Abbuhl said the girl had just two months to live, the Canton Repository said. Source: USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters

The Canton Repository said Ms Abbuhl and daughter were sent on a trip to Key West, Florida, in December by Wishes Can Happen and fundraisers were held for the child in the community.

No charges had been filed against Ms Abbuhl, who denies the claims.

Abbuhl has maintained her innocence, her lawyer, Paul Kelley, said in a statement to The Canton Repository. He there was no evidence the mum "induced or created her daughter’s symptoms or conditions".

"I’ve seen no evidence produced indicating that my client did in fact fabricate the child’s test results or diagnoses — in fact the evidence I’ve reviewed which does exist, exists to the contrary," the statement said.

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