Mom of Casper boy with cancer charged with fraud

By: AP
By: AP

Casper, WY (AP) - A Casper woman who raised hundreds of dollars after claiming her son was dying of brain cancer has been charged with felony fraud.

Krishelle Layton was arrested Tuesday and formally charged during a court appearance Wednesday.

The state Division of Criminal Investigation said in March that it was investigating the family after getting a tip from Casper police.

Layton's son Dorian, who is nicknamed "Ninja", gained local attention when he distributed gifts to sick children at Wyoming Medical Center on Christmas Eve. Casper police also named him chief for a day in January.

KCWY-TV reports that court documents show that Dorian does have cancer but a doctor says his condition has significantly improved since 2009 and he's not near death.

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