An Atlantic woman charged last week in connection with a fundraising scam involving her 5-year old daughter, faces additional charges. 30-year old Leatha Slausen, who initially faced a single felony count Child Endangerment Causing Bodily Injury, and Distribution of drugs (cannabis oil) to a child under the age of 18, now faces another count of child endangerment causing bodily injury, and 10-counts of Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug (Neupogen). The additional charges were filed Wednesday by Atlantic Police, in Cass County District Court.
Court documents show Slauson admitted to injecting her five-year-old daughter Riley with Neupogen well as treating her with cannabis oil. The Neupogen was apparently obtained by the girls’ mother from someone other than a physician. Neupogen is used to stimulate the production of a type of white blood cell in patients undergoing therapy that will cause low white blood cell counts. It’s used to prevent infection and neutropenic (low white blood cells) fevers caused by chemotherapy and is a support medication only. It does not treat cancer. The drug, which is only supposed to be given under doctor’s orders, can cause pain in a person’s body.
Slauson solicited money and attention for her daughter’s supposed Metastatic Colorectal Cancer treatment, but an investigation initiated after officials with the Atlantic Community Schools inquired about care Riley needed as she attends classes, resulted in the discovery by law enforcement that the girl wasn’t suffering from cancer or any other terminal illness. A feeding tube administered to Riley by Leatha Slauson without any medical training, has been taken into evidence.
It’s not the first time the Slauson’s have requested help involving the health of their children. Prior to moving to Atlantic, family lived in Fort Dodge. A number of fundraisers were held there as well, including one last year in downtown Fort Dodge that raised over $1,000 for health care equipment for the Slauson’s son Cole, who was born premature, and another son who is reportedly autistic. They are also said to have two daughters who suffered from cystic fibrosis. In 2010, the community of Ft. Dodge raised money for the family to acquire an autism service dog.
Leatha Slauson was being held in the Cass County Jail on bond amounting to $30,000. She’s set to appear in court on Sept. 2nd for her preliminary hearing.