Couple 'faked birth and death of baby using a doll to scam family and friends'
SEE ALSO :KDF soldier killed, corpse burntKaycee posted regular updates on her expanding 'baby bump' to her Facebook page, as she began to methodically manipulate her friends and family. Her pals threw a baby shower for her in May - before Kaycee disappeared from view for the last two months of her ‘pregnancy’, claiming that she needed to rest in bed. The Langs, from Somerset County, Pennsylvania, announced that Easton had been born on July 3, police said. They then told loved ones he had sadly died shortly afterwards. A bogus obituary was even submitted to the local newspaper, the Tribune-Democrat.
SEE ALSO :Panic as hackers access sacco databaseIt was reported that Easton was born at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital, weighing 7lb 2oz, and that before 'dying', he "experienced holding hands and hugs and kisses with his mommy and daddy." Photos of the newborn which was circulated online turned out to be images of a hyper-realistic doll instead. A GoFundMe page was soon set up for the deceased infant, in order to raise money for his funeral. The page read: "Please keep my wife and I in your thoughts and prayer. "Our son Easton was born with fluid in his lungs and passed away a few hours after he was born.
SEE ALSO :Woman charged with stealing Sh108kShe said: “The baby had fluid in his lungs, but [the hospital] gave him back to her and said he’ll be fine. “I knew this was fake. I couldn’t go and sit and watch this go on.” She discovered that the local funeral home had no records of an Easton Lang, prompting her to go to Pennsylvania State Police. It later emerged that the hospital had no record of his birth, nor did the coroner's office record his death. Police officers told reporters that the Langs pulled off the scam to trick their loved ones out of money. “We will fully cooperate with law enforcement officials during their investigation and we will issue full refunds to all donors. “We have zero tolerance policy for any misuse on the platform. “All donors are full protected by the GoFundMe guarantee, which means donors are protected by a comprehensive refund policy if misuse occurs. This campaign received 15 donations totalling $550.” Geoffrey and Kaycee have been charged with fraud and theft by deception. They are due to appear in court in October.
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