Sheriff: Woman accused of killing mom may have faked illness

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities say a Missouri woman charged with killing her mother may also have fooled her community into believing she was disabled so that she could collect donations.

Greene County prosecutors charged Gypsy Blancharde and her 26-year-old boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn of Big Bend, Wisconsin, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 48-year-old Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde.

Authorities allege the couple last week killed the mother in the Springfield home she shared with her daughter.

Gypsy Blancharde was reported as using a wheelchair. Neighbors told media outlets she suffered from leukemia and muscular dystrophy.

But Sheriff Jim Arnott said Tuesday that Gypsy Blancharde may have feigned he need for a wheelchair as a donations ploy.

Court records do not list an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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This FOX 4 video is about six years old.  A woman in this video was found murdered Sunday in Springfield, Mo. Now her daughter (also in this video) has been arrested along with the daughter's boyfriend.

The daughter and mother were recipients of many Angel Flights because of the daughter's 'many medical' issues. Now, investigators think much of it was a scam.

More video, more strange twists---> http://link.fox4kc.com/1IiOi6z

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press

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