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TBI: Mom Lied About Son’s Health to Raise Money

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

MEDINA, Tenn.-- Police arrested a Gibson County mom accused of lying about her son’s health to get donations.

Medina police escorted Jamie Decker, 35, out of her Medina home in handcuffs on Tuesday. Officers arrested her on a theft charge.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Decker told people her son had cancer to raise money for her family.

“He seemed sick and would play with our kids all the time,” Alicia Brown said, a neighbor.

Brown says she bought tickets and attended a fundraiser for Decker’s 10-year-old son, Chance.

“He acted sick,” Brown said. “He was never in school, so it's just it's shocking to hear that it might not be true.”

The TBI says the 10-year-old does not have cancer. In fact, investigators say his mother abused him, but did not give specifics.

“It just goes to show you how desperate the American people are today,” Lance Harrison said, a Gibson County resident.

Medina police directed us to an online fundraising site for Chance. The TBI confirms people donated at least $10,000 to the family.

“It does make you concerned when it's that close to home,” Harrison said.

Neighbors say the allegations come as a surprise. “I want to give them the benefit of the doubt because I mean they're people,” Brown said.

Police say Decker’s 10-year-old son is now in state custody.

Officers say Decker has three other children. Police removed the young kids from the home.

Decker is currently being held without bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Humboldt on Wednesday morning.
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