A New Hampshire mother created a GoFundMe to help pay legal costs during a heated custody battle for her son. The issue? She tried to raise those funds, at least in part, by uploading a photo to the GoFundMe page she’d started, which featured a bruise on he 3-year-old son’s ribs. The bruise, it turns out, was Photoshopped in.
20-year-old Taylier Tibbetts told cops son had been abused, presumably by its father; the man she was in a custody battle with, and showed them the photograph.
After an investigation, police realized the picture had been edited and promptly arrested the deceitful mother and charged her with one count of false reporting.
She created the GoFundMe campaign last November and was asking for $3,500. It garnered a whopping $10 before it was deleted.
â€œThere are unfortunate instances where people create campaigns with the intention to take advantage of othersâ€™ generosity,â€ a spokesman for GoFundMe said in a statement. â€œIn the rare cases where fraud occurs, GoFundMe takes swift action to resolve the issue. In this case, we assisted with the local law enforcement investigation and quickly shut down the account of the campaign organizer.â€
When confronted by reporters, she declined to comment on whether or not she’d edited the photos.
â€œIâ€™m not a criminal. Iâ€™m not a bad mom. Iâ€™m not a drug addict. Iâ€™m just a mother trying to do whatâ€™s right for her son,â€ she told a local news station.
She claims she took the page down after she figured it wouldnâ€™t get her any donations, and because she isnâ€™t â€œone to take handouts.â€
Bryant Clark, the little boy’s father, was furious at the con job, calling it â€œsick and twisted.â€
â€œMaking a picture and Photoshopping things and taking other peopleâ€™s money. Itâ€™s not right to be doing it,â€ he told a FOX affiliate.
He told reporters that the mother had been claiming he was abusive to their son for the last three years; the entire duration of their custody battle.
He denies the claims and police said there hasnâ€™t been any evidence of abuse.