JACKSON, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Gibson County mother who solicited funds for her family saying her son has cancer, when in fact, he does not have the disease.
Jamie Decker, 35, of Medina, Tenn. was arrested today and charged with one count of theft over $10,000. The 28th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI investigate allegations last month that Decker was fraudulently soliciting money from individuals through the media and social media saying that her 11-year-old son Chance Houlihan had cancer. Doctors who treated Houlihan determined that he does not have cancer, but suffers from care giver abuse at the hands of his mother. Decker has made statements that since 2008 she has been making up the story that her son suffered from cancer to raise money for her family. TBI determined at least $10,000 in donations were made to the family, but has not determined an exact amount of the total money solicited. Houlihan is no longer in his mother’s custody.
Decker was booked into the Gibson County Correctional Complex without bond. She is expected to be arraigned in Gibson County General Sessions Court in Humboldt tomorrow morning.