EBRSO: Mother lied about daughter's health to get money
BATON ROUGE - The mother of a third-grade student in Baton Rouge is accused of lying to people at her daughter's school, claiming the girl had cancer in order to get money.
Major Lawrence McLeary said Jacinta Millikin, 42, was arrested in Alexandria where she had fled when detectives began looking into her daughter's health.
McLeary said they'd been contacted by administrators at Wildwood Elementary School, who said Millikin claimed her daughter had cancer and couldn't afford treatment in Tennessee. The school and a local church raised more than $3,500 in cash and donated $275 in groceries to help the family.
But when people who made donations became suspicious about the girl's health, the school contacted the sheriff's office. McLeary said detectives learned the entire story was made up, and Millikin's daughter was perfectly healthy. A warrant was issued and McLeary said she was arrested in Alexandria Wednesday.
Millikin is charged with one count of felony theft and 39 counts of misdemeanor theft.