Roseville, MI – Back in December of ’09, Carol Lynn Schnuphase began telling people that her 12-year-old son, Christopher, had leukemia. By all appearances, the kid certainly looked ill – he appeared lethargic, sickly and hairless. And in an effort to help cover the cost of the child’s costly treatment, Schnuphase dragged her unemployed ass around town, soliciting donations from local businesses, church groups and other community organizations. She put on her brave face and paraded her sickly son around to different fundraisers held in his honor. People took one look at the sick little boy and opened their hearts and their wallets, donating nearly $8,000 in cash and gifts. Heh…bitch was lyin’. Christopher wasn’t sick – his momma was just a greedy troll. Not only did she have others convinced her child was ill, she had him believing he was going to die. Police say she intentionally fed the kid foods she knew he was allergic to. She crushed up tablets and put ‘em in the his applesauce to keep him all lethargic and sick. She shaved his head and eyebrows weekly. Had to keep up appearances, ya know. The boy’s aunt, Elizabeth Carmack, said she didn’t think her nephew was sick and called police in June. A medical exam soon followed. Christopher was given a clean bill of health…no cancer, but he was suffering from opiate withdrawal. Schnuphase continued with her bullshit even after the boy was placed in a foster home. She told previous donors Christopher had died and that she needed money for his funeral and burial.
Acting on a tip that she may try to flee, authorities arrested Schnuphase after a visit with her son Thursday evening. When she was taken into custody, police say she had hair dye, extra clothing and her medication on her. She’s been arraigned on charges of second-degree child abuse and two counts of taking money under false pretenses, and bail was set at $100,000 – an amount her defense lawyer says is too high. “She doesn’t have any money,” he said. “All the money in her bank, she was saving up for bond.” Proceedings are also under way to sever her parental rights. Christopher is said to be doing just fine.
Relatives of Schnuphase’s ex-husband, Daryl Carmack, attended Schnuphase’s arraignment last Friday. Daryl was Schnuphase’s third husband. He apparently overdosed on muscle relaxers and died last year, shortly before Schnuphase devised the cancer scam, and now the family wants the prosecutor to investigate his death. “He’s not the first one that has passed away around her,” said Daryl’s sister, Marilyn Carmack. Thanks for the tip, Sister Iroz!Tags: cancer, Child Abuse, fraud, Michigan, Roseville