Cancer boy's mom denies defrauding anyone

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Casper, WY (AP) - A 31-year-old Casper woman says fraud charges against her are the result of a series of misunderstandings.

Krishelle Layton's 6-year-old son has brain cancer.

But she is accused of overstating her son's cancer in order to attract donations. She received about $7,000 in donations after saying her son was dying of brain cancer. Investigators say the boy was not near death.

Layton told the Casper Star-Tribune that she has always been truthful about her son and his medical condition.

She says she described her son's brain stem tumor and prognosis as best she could and did not defraud anyone.

The boy's cancer doctor has certified his cancer as life-threatening but also said it is stable and his condition has improved since he was diagnosed in 2009.

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