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Cops: Mom Convinced Son He Had Cancer As Part Of Hoax

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CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. -

A Camden County mom faces charges after police say she was caught in a lie.

Cops say the Pennsauken woman took hundreds of dollars from friends and family after telling them her son was sick with cancer.

Police say they got tips that 35-year-old Susan Stillwaggon's story about her son was not adding up. They questioned her and found she had been lying.

According to police, Stillwaggon admitted to a six-month scheme to collect donations from friends. Police say more than $1,000 was raised as part of the hoax.

Police say Stillwaggon even had her own son believing he was sick.

She faces theft by deception, forgery and child endangerment charges, police said.

The suspect's mother says she had no idea what was going on and her daughter is now being treated at a local hospital.

"What I will tell you is my daughter had a form of a breakdown," said the mother, who answered the door Thursday at the family's home. "She is in a psychiatric unit, being taken care of. That's all I have to say."

When FOX 29's Bruce Gordon asked, "You didn't know anything about this?"

"No, it totally blew us away," the mother answered.

Police do not believe Stillwaggon's husband knew of the scheme.

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