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Ohio Woman Accused Of Faking Cancer For Young Son

Authorities say a central Ohio woman faked a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son and shaved his head in a scheme that convinced him and others he was dying and bilked people out of donations. Court records allege the boy was taken to a hospital for symptoms such as seizures. He underwent blood tests, more than 150 hours of inpatient monitoring and other testing that found no problems. His mother, 31-year-old Emily Creno of Utica, is charged with felony child endangerment. The Advocate in Newark reports that Creno didn't comment in court Wednesday as her bond was set at $50,000. Court records listed no attorney for her. The newspaper says a prosecutor wouldn't discuss the possibility of more charges. Authorities say the alleged hoax began late last year.