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Mother shaves head of her 7-year-old daughter and tells people that she has cancer

By Mason White 6:46 PM December 16, 2015
Juanita Garcia 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested on a charge of exploitation of a child after she allegedly shaved the head of her daughter and told people that she had cancer in order to get donations from strangers, police in Texas said.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 46-year-old Juanita Garcia, after being accused of using her 7-year-old daughter in order to solicit donations from people.

Garcia was charged with one count of exploitation of a child, a third degree felony.

Garcia was brought before the Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace, Bobby Contreras, where she was formally arraigned and given a $10,000 bond.

She was booked into the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center.
According to the police investigation, Garcia was fraudulently organizing fundraisers for her child after shaving her head and telling people that she had cancer.

Investigators who were working on the case, discovered that Garcia was telling people in person and on social media, that her daughter had terminal cancer, and had months to live.

Witnesses reported that Garcia would approach them asking for monetary donations to pay for her daughter’s cancer treatments.

Through the course of the investigation, investigators discovered that the child had been medically evaluated, and no illness had been found.

During questioning, Garcia admitted to investigators that her daughter had never been diagnosed with cancer, and that she had obtained monetary donations from various people.