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Neighbors in PRP complain of suspicious fundraising for badly scalded infant

Family members requested that the child's face be obscured in these provided photos. (Source: Family photo) Family members requested that the child's face be obscured in these provided photos. (Source: Family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Kentucky family says they never asked for help from a woman going door-to-door in southwestern Jefferson County supposedly collecting money on their behalf.

A man in the area posted a message on the "I am Dixie Highway" Facebook group saying that a woman had approached his doorstep asking for donations to help the Moreland family. The woman claimed to be a family friend and said the Morelands were having financial troubles after their 10-month-old son was scalded by hot water at a daycare. The man said he gave her a few dollars and then turned to Facebook.

"I looked it up after she left because I hadn't heard about this and turns out this happened in Erlanger, KY," the man posted. "I hope the family will actually be getting the money. Didn't know if anyone else had experienced this."

Moments later, several responses were posted by IADH group members who encountered similar situations. The post then reached the Moreland family, who said they had no connection to the woman.
 
Louisville native Monica Moreland recently moved to Erlanger, KY. She told WAVE 3 News her family was not collecting money and was not experiencing financial hardship. Moreland said her 10-month-old son did suffer severe burns on June 22, while attending daycare in Erlanger. She said she is appalled that someone would use her son’s recovery for their own benefit.

Friday afternoon, police arrested the woman who was asking for donations on an outstanding shoplifting warrant. No charges have been filed against her in relation to the donations. Police say they do not currently have proof that she was not legitimately collecting donations.

 A neighbor who witnessed the woman being arrested said the woman claimed to know Monica Moreland from high school and said she was hoping to help the Moreland family through their hard time.
 
When Moreland was notified of the arrest, she said she did attend Butler Traditional High School with the woman, but the only contact she had with her was through Facebook, when the woman sent her a friend request nearly two years ago. She denied ever connecting with her about raising money.

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