Couple accused of faking baby's birth, death to scam gifts

Pennsylvania couple accused of faking baby's birth, death to collect cash and gifts

Pennsylvania couple accused of faking baby's birth, death to collect cash and gifts

A couple in Pennsylvania has been formally charged by police for faking the birth and death of a baby to exploit family and friends.

Geoffrey and Kaycee Lang, of Somerset, PA were charged on Thursday by State Police with theft by deception and receiving stolen property after they allegedly faked a pregnancy and then the tragic death of their newborn child.

Authorities say the couple posted a photo on Facebook of a baby they had named Easton.

The pair revealed on July 3 that their son, Easton Walt Lang, had been born, posting an image on Facebook of their "baby".

The couple allegedly shared photos of Easton on their social media profiles and started a GoFundMe page for donations to help pay for a personalized urn.

The couple's friend, Cynthia, felt that something was off about Kaycee's claims.

Police checked with the coroner's office in Somerset and Cambria County and neither had records of an Easton Lang, according to the complaint.

The couple's alleged deception didn't last long after a friend of theirs stepped forward and told police the Langs had constructed the elaborate hoax.

When Kaycee told Dilascio she had given birth but that Easton had died of respiratory distress syndrome, Dilascio didn't believe her friend's story.

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"The Langs said their baby passed away at a hospital with complications at birth - which was not true", Limani says.

The husband then told police Hindman Funeral Home conducted the cremation, a probable cause affidavit said.

Dilascio told CNN Friday she had her suspicions about Kaycee Lang's pregnancy along the way, saying she wasn't really showing but didn't think more of it.

In an online obituary, the couple said Easton was born at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital at 3.11am weighing seven pounds. One of them even created a GoFundMe campaign that raised around $550 after the news of the baby's death.

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"We will fully cooperate with law enforcement officials during their investigation and we will issue full refunds to all donors", said Scripture in the statement.

'We have a zero tolerance policy for any misuse on the platform.

The charges against the couple are misdemeanours, but if the amount of money they received exceeds US$2000, the couple could face felony charges, Limani said. The Langs both have preliminary hearings set for October 1.

GoFundMe, however, said that they will refund all the money to the donors' who donated to the memorial fund set up by the couple. It is unclear whether they have an attorney and they have not yet entered a plea.

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