A Somerset, Pennsylvania, couple created a fake story about the birth and death of their child so they could obtain gifts and money, police said.
The hoax was cooked up by Geoffrey and Kaycee Lang, who announced a fake pregnancy and even held a baby shower at a friend’s house. The couple said that their baby boy Easton was born on July 3 and posted images of the child on social media. Police said that the images were only of a life-like doll. The couple then faked the child’s death, which they claimed was due to respiratory distress syndrome a few hours after his birth, WPXI reported.
A friend told police that the couple had made up the whole pregnancy. State police found that there were no hospital records of the birth and no medical history of the child or the mother. The funeral home where the couple claimed the child had been cremated said they had never dealt with the couple. The couple have been charged with fraud and theft by deception.