The authorities say it was all a scam.
Kaycee and Geoffrey Lang, both from Somerset, near Pittsburgh, have been charged with theft for misappropriation or disposition, theft by deception, and theft of stolen property, as the police claim the couple has their pregnancy, childbirth, and theft Feigned death of her child.
According to Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Steve Limani, the couple organized a baby shower where they collected money and gifts from friends and family, and created a GoFundMe page announcing the baby's death. A total of 550 US Dollar from the GoFundMe, so a company spokeswoman. The couple received a further $ 700 in cash and as a gift from the police, according to a lawsuit.
"They have abused the kindness of someone," Limani said.
The "Baby" Looked Like a Newborn Doll
The couple claimed that Easton Walt Lang was born on July 3 and died of a respiratory distress syndrome a few hours later a criminal complaint.
Photos of Baby Easton were posted on the couple's Facebook pages, and the baby matched the "appearance of a newborn baby doll," the ad said.
Dilascio told CNN Friday that she suspected Kaycee Lang's pregnancy and said she did not really show up but did not think about it.
However, after the alleged baby's death, Dilascio contacted the funeral home and found that they had not cremated a baby in any of their facilities in recent months. She said she then turned to the Pennsylvania State Police.
"It's not even about the money, it's more about the emotional part that actually did this to her family and me and to the people who were there for her, who worried," she said.
Police say she has not found any records that the baby Easton ever existed.
According to the lawsuit, Easton was born in the health care system of Conemaugh in Johnstown. However, the police said that the hospital had no records of him during the investigation.
The police inquired at the medical examiner's office in Somerset and Cambria County and had no record of an Easton Lang, according to the ad.
The couple said the baby had been cremated by a local funeral home, but the funeral home told the police that it had not cremated a baby named Easton Walt Lang.
The police raided Lang's home and found a lifelike baby doll and an urn named Easton on it.
"That's pretty despicable," Limani said. "You do not do it to strangers, you do it to people who take care of you."
Dilascio said she has filed charges against the couple for fraud, but it's not about the money.
She does the stuff, there are people who have no baby or lost a child, and she does. It's sick, "Dilascio said." You have to be sick to do this. "
Meghan Scripture, spokeswoman for GoFundMe, issued a statement outlining a "zero tolerance policy for any abuses on the platform."
"This type of behavior is not tolerated in GoFundMe," the statement said "We will fully cooperate with law enforcement officers during their investigations and grant full reimbursements to all donors."
CNN has contacted Kaycee and Geoffrey Lang but has not heard of it, and it is unclear whether they have a lawyer and have not raised any objection yet CNN has also tried to reach the people who gave the couple money and gifts.
The lawsuit against the couple is an offense, but when the amount they receive exceeds $ 2,000 t, the couple could face a crime, Limani said. According to Limani, the couple may have received more money, but other victims have not yet reported.
A court hearing for the couple is scheduled for October 1