Ohio mom, 34, loses custody of her 11-year-old daughter after FAKING the kid’s terminal sickness
An 11-year-old girl in Ohio was fostered after her mother claimed the little girl was terminally ill to raise money and secure freebies.
Lindsey Abbuhl, 34, told the Canton, Ohio ward that her daughter, Rylee, had an incurable condition that was due to a failure of her central nervous system.
She began collecting donations for living expenses and “medical expenses” three years ago, frequently taking Rylee to the doctors and telling her that she was dying.
Charity events were held in Rylee’s honor, and the couple secured free tickets to Sea World. You became a guest of honor at a Texas A&M softball game, and a GoFundMe set up by a friend received $ 4,500.
Lindsey Abbuhl with her daughter Rylee, 11, who died of an incurable disease
Rylee even asked friends to be pallbearers at her funeral.
On Friday, a court reported that they had found no signs of illness.
A complaint of neglect and abuse filed by Children Services in the Family Court alleges Lindsey has used Rylee’s “state of health” to raise funds for travel, housing and other expenses in recent years.
The document obtained from The Canton Repository indicates that a medical professional reviewed all of Rylee’s medical records in the areas of neurology, genetics, gastrointestinal tract, hematology, rheumatology, pulmonology, and podiatry and reached the following conclusions:
“There is no evidence to support the mother’s claim that Rylee is terminally ill,” they concluded.
Rylee has seen a counselor for the past three years to learn how to “deal with her own death,” the report said.
The counselor recently learned that Rylee was not terminally ill.
“(Lindsey) told the counselor who is on maternity leave that Rylee may not be alive if the counselor comes back,” the complaint read.
The court granted custody of Rylee’s father, Jamie Abbuhl, who divorced Lindsey in 2017 and sounded the alarm.
“It had to be done,” said Christine A. Johnson, lawyer for Jamie Abbuhl.
Lindsey is under criminal investigation, said Major CJ Stantz, Stark County Sheriff.
The story began when Lindsey started telling friends and neighbors that her home-schooled daughter was sick.
Lindsey herself had once claimed to have a brain tumor and even interviewed families in order to adopt Rylee after her death.
The family seemed unlucky, and Lindsey would be documenting her daughter’s hospital visits on social media.
‘This little lady is my best friend! Keep saying prayers for them as we navigate through their medical concerns, ”she wrote.
Abbuhl seen with Rylee at a concert. The mother secured free tickets for shows and events
A charity softball event that took place in March was covered by local media (above).
“We don’t know what their future holds and we don’t know if tomorrow will come for them every time we go to bed, but the prayers and faith of all those we love help us move on!”
Lindsey, a supervisor at a bowling alley, ran bowling fundraisers and held a Rylee’s Warriors youth softball tournament in Plain Township in April to help cover medical expenses.
‘Come out and join a short fun league! For 10 weeks – skips Easter Sunday.
Part of the weekly money goes to the bowling alley, the rest goes to Rylee. Message me if you want to register! ‘
In December, Wishes Can Happen sent Lindsey and her daughter on a trip to Key West, Florida.
Malone and Walsh University softball coaches and players attended a Rylee Day at the Hall of Fame Fitness Center, an event centered around an indoor exhibition game between the two Stark County schools.
Rylee Abbuhl has sought out a counselor for the past three years to help her deal with death
Lindsey Abbuhl had previously claimed she had a brain tumor
Local media covered the February 26 event, and Lindsey spoke about how much it meant to her daughter.
“She’s got two months,” Lindsey told The Canton Repository when she saw her daughter ditch first seat, then joined the Malone dugout to call seats for the game.
Lindsey said Rylee’s organs were being closed and her primary goal was “quality of life.”
Personalized videos to Rylee were sent to UCLA by the likes of pro-star Sierra Romero as well as dozens of Penn State colleges.
Softball players on Rylee’s favorite team – Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana – took them on a virtual tour of campus, including a stop at the scaled-down replica of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, where an Irish player lit a candle for Rylee , then shared a prayer from the chaplain.
The Texas A&M softball team invited Rylee to fly to College Station. She and her mother visited Sea World on the trip – something Lindsey said was on Rylee’s bucket list.
But Rylee’s father was alerted.
He said she suffered from slow digestion and constipation.
“If she needed my heart, I would give it to her today,” he said.
“As far as she will die: no.”
People in the community also began contacting The Canton Repository newspaper and questioning Lindsey’s motives.
When asked, Lindsey refused several times to release her daughter’s medical records for review by The Repository. She also hesitated to allow doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital – where she said Rylee had been treated – to speak to the newspaper.
“She has a whole team of doctors working on her,” said Lindsey.
Lindsey said the medical team performed several tests on her daughter but were unable to pinpoint the root cause of her disease.
She said her daughter had regular night-time seizures, was barely able to eat, took pain medication, and was almost always exhausted.
“It’s sad that people have to cause drama,” she said.
‘Rylee is sitting during her doctor’s appointments; She knows what is happening to her.
“So when I call myself a liar, I call her a liar.”
Lindsey and Rylee Abbuhl. The little girl is now in the care of her father, Jaime
Attended childcare on Thursday, and Rylee was taken to see a family friend.
Kate Marksell told the newspaper that her daughter was friends with Rylee and told the story of Lindsey’s tearful breakdown over the fact that Rylee had been diagnosed with leukemia.
“She always tried to get more testing done,” said Marksell.
Still, Rylee appeared to be healthy and played, ate, and traveled on. In social media posts, Rylee climbed a mountain of steps to go sledding while allegedly fighting for her life.
Marksell then watched a miniseries, The Act, on Hulu that tells the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother, Dee Dee. The Missouri woman pretended her daughter was seriously ill for years to gain sympathy and attention.
“I think Lindsey is very sick and needs help,” said Marksell, adding that she must be held accountable for the damage she has caused.
“She lives off the attention, but she doesn’t know how to get it.”
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