Woman faked daughter’s sickness

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) – A woman imprisoned for faking her daughter’s leukemia to gain thousands of dollars in donations said she concocted the scheme to keep her husband from leaving.


Teresa Milbrandt told the Columbus Dispatch for a story in Sunday’s editions that she regrets what she did, which included shaving her daughter Hannah’s head and giving her sleeping pills to make it look like she was undergoing chemotherapy. She also made Hannah wear a protective mask and put her in counselling to prepare for death.


“Last week, I said to someone, ‘I wonder if I could pay the doctor and have him give me a lethal injection,’ ” she told the newspaper in an interview at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. “I can’t hardly live in my own skin.”


Milbrandt was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty last August to felony charges of endangering children, grand theft and theft.


Authorities said Milbrandt and her husband fooled 65 people and businesses in their hometown of Urbana into donating an estimated $31,000 US for Hannah’s treatment.


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