Friend Promises To Raise Money For 4-Year-Old's Funeral After Deadly Car Crash. Then Mom Gets Even More Bad News
After losing her 4-year-old daughter in a horrific car crash, Cynthia Mathis thought she could lean on her good friend for support. But that's not what happened at all.
A heartless woman in South Dakota is facing serious criminal charges after she allegedly stole several thousand dollars that were meant to go toward a 4-year-old girl’s funeral costs.
According to PEOPLE, 33-year-old Stephanie Lea Blaine is facing grand theft charges after stealing $4,000 from a GoFundMe page that she allegedly set up to help pay for the funeral of her friend’s daughter.
An arrest affidavit shows that Blaine told the little girl’s mother, Cynthia Mathis, that she made several withdrawals to the account to help cover the costs of her daughter’s funeral.
According to reports, Mathis’ daughter Jasmine died in a car accident last year. Her mother-in-law was also killed in the crash, while another daughter miraculously survived.
“She could light up a room just by walking into it,” Mathis said of Jasmine.
Mathis claims she never received any money from Blaine to help with the costs of the funeral, and when she checked with the hospital where her daughter had been treated and the funeral home, they had not received any money from Blaine or the GoFundMe account either.
Because of the bitter dispute over the $3,905 in donations, Jasmine’s funeral was forced to be delayed after she died.
“We considered her as a friend,” Matthis said of Blaine.
According to PEOPLE, Mathis checked with GoFundMe administrators and was soon told that Blaine had made at least nine withdrawals to the account, leaving nothing but $400 for the funeral.
“I contacted GoFundMe myself. They sent me an email with withdrawals that were being taken directly from the account into her bank account,” Mathis said.
Thankfully, GoFundMe froze the account and reimbursed Mathis for the stolen funds eventually.
While speaking with investigators, Blaine reportedly told police that she took the money because she thought Mathis wanted to use the money to pay for her mother-in-law’s funeral, though the funds were intended for Jasmine’s burial.
“Maybe she was being a jerk,” Blaine allegedly told police, adding, “[Expletive] you, I didn’t have to do this.”
According to the affidavit, Blaine also told police that she feared Mathis would use the money to buy herself a car.
If convicted of the charges against her, Blaine could face up to five years in prison.
According to KELOLAND News, this isn’t the first time Blaine has been accused of committing a serious crime.
She previously faced charges of theft and burglary, according to the station.
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