Mother accused of faking son's cancer for donations

Published: Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 2:06 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 2:06 PM

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A Colorado mother has been arrested after allegedly convincing her family and friends that her young son was dying of cancer and accepting more than $25,000 in public donations. (Via KMGH)

Police arrested 28-year-old Sandy Nguyen on felony charges of theft and criminal impersonation Thursday.

KCNC reports Nguyen allegedly convinced members of the community in Aurora that her 6-year-old son had cancer for more than a year. Students and teachers even helped out with donations at the little boy's elementary school. KMGH explains how far the reported lies went.

"It says that he had bone cancer and leukemia, receiving 317 days of chemo, seven days of radiation. It says that last summer the family was told he had just eight months to live. But two weeks later, she writes that he's cancer free. And then by August of last year, his cancer had come back."

Nguyen is even accused of making her own son believe the story. A longtime family friend, who donated money to Nguyen's son, told KUSA she's upset about what happened.

"And I got physically sick last night. I was so angry and upset. ... Not only did she scam us out of money and hurt us, but she hurt that boy."

On top of allegedly accepting donations from the school, KDVR reports Nguyen is accused of spending some of it on a family trip to Disney World.

When police arrived at Nguyen's home to arrest her Thursday, officers say they found $23,000 in cash inside the home. According to The Denver Post, Nguyen allegedly admitted some of that money came from the donations for her son.

Nguyen is currently being held in jail on a a $6,000 bail.

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Bronx fire: Huge blaze engulfs several New York City businesses

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 10:40 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

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A huge four-alarm fire broke out in New York City's Bronx borough early Tuesday, blazing through businesses in Fordham.

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George H.W. Bush: 9 things to know about the 41st president of the United States

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:13 AM

Biography of George H.W. Bush

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush was hospitalized Sunday in Houston after an infection spread to his blood, just days after the death of his wife, Barbara.

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"He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering," his spokesman, Jim McGrath, tweeted Monday.

Here are nine things you should know about Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993:

1. He has a form of Parkinson's disease. The former president uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around.

2. He is "the longest-living president in U.S. history," Time reported last November. The 93-year-old Bush, born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, is 111 days older than the second longest-living U.S. president, Jimmy Carter. 

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3. He and Barbara had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in U.S. history. The pair wed Jan. 6, 1945.

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4. He graduated from Yale in 1948. According to CNN, he earned his bachelor's degree in economics in just 2 1/2 years.

5. He has five living children: George W., John (known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. George W. Bush served two terms as president from 2001 to 2009. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ran for the Republican nomination in the run-up to November's election, but lost his bid to President Donald Trump.

Another child, Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush, died as a child in 1953 after being diagnosed with leukemia, The Washington Post reported.

>> PHOTOS: George H. W. Bush through the years

6. He served in the Navy during World War II. Bush, who reportedly enlisted on his 18th birthday in 1942, flew 58 combat missions during the war, including one that required he be rescued by a submarine after his plane was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. For his bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

7. He launched his political career in 1963. He served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

8. In 1989, he became the first sitting vice president to win the presidency since 1837. According to CNN, he "offered his predecessors  Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan  secure telephones so he could reach them day or night."

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9. He "has parachuted eight times," CNN reported. His most recent skydive was a tandem jump in celebration of his 90th birthday.

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— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump pick to head VA in trouble as Senators postpone hearing

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

President Donald Trump’s decision to elevate the White House physician to lead the Veterans Administration was in peril on Tuesday, as top Senators in both parties announced that a confirmation hearing set this week for Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson would be ‘postponed until further notice,’ as the Senate requested all documents on “allegations or incidents” involving Jackson since 2006.

“We take very seriously our constitutional duty to thoroughly and carefully vet each nominee sent to the Senate for confirmation,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, and Sen. John Tester (D-MT), the top Democrat on that panel.

“We will continue looking into these serious allegations and have requested additional information from the White House to enable the committee to conduct a full review,” the two said in a joint statement.

The move came amid reports from various news organizations that raised questions about Jackson’s stewardship of the White House Physician’s Office.

The delay of the hearing was a major setback for the White House, again raising questions about vetting operations for nominees in the Trump Administration.

Jackson was already facing questions about whether he was the right person to manage the sprawling VA, which has been beset by a series of troubles in recent years.

President Trump fired his first VA chief, David Shulkin, in late March.

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5-year-old claims teacher taped mouth, tossed lunch

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:17 AM

Michigan 5-Year-Old Claims Teachers Taped His Mouth And Threw Out His Lunch

A little boy from Michigan says his teachers put tape over his mouth and threw away his lunch and he says he was told not to tell anyone about what happened.

Abdul Dannaoui said it happened back on March 26 at Highview Elementary School, WXYZ reported.

He said it didn’t happen only once either. Abdul told his parents and WXYZ that he has been prevented from eating lunch and his snack up to 10 times. 

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“I’m emotionally heartbroken. Disappointed. That’s his second home. That’s how they treat a child with asthma?” his mother Hoda said to WXYZ.

School officials told WXYZ that the taping incident happened at Great Start Readiness Program at Cherry Hill Baptist Church and that it was a substitute teacher assistant who scotch-taped Abdul’s mouth shut. The person no longer works at the school.

The Dannaouis have filed a police report and are considering legal action against the district, WXYZ reported.

They say a second adult was in the room at the time. That teacher is still working for the district. The family’s attorney, Nabih Ayad, told WXYZ, “One of the teachers was discharged. But, they kept the other teacher who said don’t tell your mom or dad, and even gave him a bracelet to entice him not to tell anyone.”

Abdul is changing schools after the incident.

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