A thirty-six-year old woman who allegedly lied that her seven-year-old son had cancer in order to collect donations will no longer face felony charges of Nevada crime of child abuse. However she still might be charged with misdemeanor crimes for holding a car wash, garage sale, and establishing a fund to obtain money she claimed would go to fight her son's cancer. Police investigated the boy's medical records, which showed he does not have cancer.
The Nevada crime of child abuse occurs when someone physically abuses, emotionally abuses, neglects, abandons, or exploits a child under eighteen. Typical defenses to this crime are that the incident was accidental, that the defendant acted in self-defense, or that the defendant was falsely accused. Mental harm may be difficult for a D.A. to prove because there may be no physical manifestations.