Apr 20, 2016 10:47 AM
MERRIMACK - The woman who police say faked injuries to her son in order to get money through a GoFundMe account is speaking out - but so is the boy's father.
In November, Taylor Tibbetts reported that her 3-year-old son had been abused by his father. Shortly thereafter she allegedly created a GoFundMe with edited pictures that she claimed were her son’s injuries.
On the GoFundMe page, Tibbetts claimed she was going to use the money to hire a lawyer so she could get full custody of the boy.
"I didn't start it to get money for anything other than a lawyer," Tibbetts told Fox 25.
The boy's father, 24-year-old Bryant Clark, said the GoFundMe had side-by-side pictures that had been altered.
"Making the pictures and Photoshopping things and taking other people’s money," he said. "It's not right to be doing it."
Both parents say all they want is for the boy to be happy.
"Stop with the drama, stop, be a father," Tibbetts said. "Be a father, and I'll be a mother and what more could a child want than a mother and a father."
After an investigation, police arrested Tibbetts on one count of providing a false report to a police officer.
GoFundMe sent a statement to NH1 News after her arrest.
"There are unfortunate instances where people create campaigns with the intention to take advantage of others’ generosity. In 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.”
Tibbetts was released on bail and is due back in court next month.
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