MICHIGAN — A teenager in Michigan allegedly faked a pregnancy using props purchased from the website FakeABaby.com and accepted thousands of dollars in cash and gifts from a community that rallied around her when she revealed she was expecting.
WJBK-TV reports a 16-year-old girl in Detroit told friends, family and strangers that she was pregnant with triplets.
The unidentified girl picked out names for the babies, was thrown a baby shower and even had ultrasound pictures.
"You have to keep the lie going day after day, minute after minute," clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere told PIX11 News.
"All the people who are supporting that individual, they buy into this and they believe in it."
As the girl's due date approached, acquaintances became suspicious. WJBK-TV reports the girl eventually admitted to the hoax and said she purchased ultrasound pictures and a silicon baby bump from FakeABaby.com, which insists their props are designed as joke.
Wyandotte police told the station they are investigating the girl's alleged lie. What she did could be criminal because of the donations and gifts she accepted under the guise of her phony pregnancy.