A mother in Georgia faked her 5-year-old son’s illness to collect disability checks, authorities say.
Teresa Lynne Roth, 34, forced her son to take 28 unnecessary medications and undergo unneeded medical treatments for nearly two years, according to police. Her son, who was on numerous medications, was in a wheelchair and on a feeding tube as his parents collected his disability checks. Health care workers became suspicious of the mother and alerted the Department of Family and Children’s Services, which removed the child from the home. Roth was arrested on Thursday and charged with first-degree child cruelty. The child is now in DFCS custody and is reportedly doing much better.