Mom Doctored Son to Look Injured in Photo She Posted to Donation Website: Cops
A New Hampshire mom is facing charges after police say she doctored a photo of her son to post on a donation website.
Merrimack police say Taylier Tibbetts used Photoshop to give her 3-year-old son's body a bruised appearance.
The 20-year-old allegedly then posted the photo on GoFundMe page shortly after a report was filed with police.
Police say the report falsely alleged the boy had been beaten by his father.
“I thought it was sick and twisted,” the boy's father, Bryant Clark, told WCVB. Clark presented evidence to police that they say confirmed the photo was doctored.
According to police, the page said part of the donations it allegedly solicited would go toward legal fees for getting full custody of the boy.
An employee with the New Hampshire Public Defender in Hillsborough County confirmed they were representing Tibbetts but declined to speak any further.
However, Tibbetts denied the allegations in an interview with WCVB.
"I'm very concerned about my son and I've always put my son first no matter what," she said. "People can believe what they want to believe. But I have no comment further to that. I got arrested for protecting my son."
Tibbetts turned herself in to Merrimack police Sunday and was charged with filing a false report. She has since been released on $2,000 bond. She returns to court May 24.
Meanwhile, GoFundMe has pulled the page. A company spokesperson told CBS Boston:
“There are unfortunate instances where people create campaigns with the intention to take advantage of others’ generosity,” Whithorne said. “In the rare cases where fraud occurs, GoFundMe takes swift action to resolve the issue.”