Mesquite mother police allege lied about son’s cancer arrested

A Mesquite woman facing more than 90 misdemeanor charges surrendered for arrest Monday after police contend she falsely claimed her son was ill with cancer.

Shawnanna Starr Flores,36, had raised hundreds of dollars for her 7-year-old son whom she said had liver cancer.

However, a trip to the hospital that yielded normal test results for her son prompted Mesquite police to continue looking into her claims. They found her son’s medical documents were fake and issued a warrant for her arrest Monday.

The no-bail arrest warrant included 32 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, 32 counts of unlawful acts involving electronic mail, 29 counts of petit larceny, one count of contributory neglect of a child and one count of obstructing an officer.

Flores was being held at the Mesquite Detention Center. Bob Sweetin, deputy city attorney for Mesquite, will prosecute the case.

Anyone with information on the case can contact detective Ron Richmond at 702-346-5262 ext. 6032.

Contact reporter Annalise Porter at or 702-383-0264.

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