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Mom Accused Of Faking Son’s Illness Is Back In Court

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WWJ Photo/Florence Walton

WWJ Photo/Florence Walton

It has not yet been decided if a Roseville mother accused of raising thousands of dollars by faking her son’s illness will stand trial.

Authorities are still trying to determine if Carol Schnuphase will stand trial on fraud and child abuse charges.  Prosecutors and the defense continue to wait for results of psychiatric exams to determine whether she is mentally fit to stand trial.

Schnuphase allegedly told her son he had cancer, and then collected thousands of dollars at fundraisers to supposedly help with his medical bills.   She’s accused of shaving the boy’s head and eyebrows, and feeding him opiate-laced food to make him seem sick.

Schnuphase’s aunt contacted authorities when she suspected it was a sham.

Schnuphase  remains jailed after a request to lower her bond was denied. Her son is in foster care.

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