Hamilton Co. mom lied about being doctor, faked son’s cancer

A woman is headed to trial after authorities said she lied about two things: being a doctor and her son having cancer.

Court documents say Monika Burgett, 39, told doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that her 3-year-old son was in pain, having trouble getting food and oxygen.

The hospital then gave her son unnecessary oxygen, feeding tubes and opioids.

Documents said Burgett also raised more than $40,000 dollars on GoFundMe saying her son needed it for chemotherapy and surgeries related to his cancer. She posted photos of him with a shaved head.

The boy does have neurofibromatosis, but not terminal cancer as she suggested.

He has been in foster care since last year and is now 5 years old.

Burgett is charged with child endangering, felonious assault and telecommunications fraud.

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