Three accused of using photo of Geddes girl with cancer to scam money from people

Investigators closed in on the suspects, the same day the Marshfield family found out their daughter is cancer-free (CNYCentral).

Three people from Oswego County are accused of going door-to-door to scam residents out of money by using a photo of a 6-year-old girl with cancer.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, Roger Dunn, 44, Nicole Dunn, 34, both of Central Square, and Earl Woodridge, 27 of Parish were charged with first-degree scheme to defraud, second-degree criminal impersonation, and first-degree attempted scheme to defraud for allegedly soliciting money from neighborhoods in Bridgeport, Onondaga Hill, Liverpool, and the City of Syracuse.

Deputies say the parents of Kaylee Marshfield, of Geddes, reported a few weeks ago that their daughter's picture was being used in a scam. The suspects were allegedly going door-to-door saying they were relatives of Kaylee and representative of the Saint Rose Church.

Deputies say the suspects were sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center to await their arraignment.

Along with finding out about the three arrests, the Marshfield family spent Thursday celebrating a huge milestone for their 6-year-old daughter.

"We found out today that she was cancer free, she had her final scan on Halloween," said Todd Marshfield, Kaylee's father.

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Kaylee was initially diagnosed on her birthday, February first of this year.

"She was diagnosed with stage three Wilms' Tumor, it's kidney cancer," Marshfield said.

While they're thrilled about Kaylee's cancer-free diagnosis, the Marshfield family said they don't know why someone would use their child to scam people.

"For them to doctor up a photo or whatever, and use a photo from a news article saying hey this is my niece and whoever, you know it's hurtful and disgusting," Marshfield said.

Marshfield said his family would never go door-to-door asking for money.

"We feel bad because a lot of people donated to them in honor of Kaylee. We are grateful for the people that donated even though it didn't go to us, we want to thank everyone that did that," Marshfield said.

The family has been through a lot the past nine months and said it's a relief to know their daughter is getting stronger.

"You know, her getting sick and being in the hospital off and on numerous pokes and stabs, she's lost a kidney," Marshfield said.

Throughout this long journey, Kaylee has never lost her contagious smile.

"She is a ball of fire all the time if it weren't for her being bald, you would never know she was sick," Marshfield said.

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