You may want to grab onto your moral compass real quick because it's about to go haywire once you read about what Taylor Tibbetts, a 20-year-old New Hampshire mom of a 3-year-old, is accused of doing.
Tibbetts has been involved in a not-so-friendly custody battle with her ex, Bryant Clark, for three years. The entire three years, Tibbetts has claimed that Clark is abusive to the child and in November of last year, she even showed police a picture where the child appeared to have some serious bruising.
Soon after sharing the picture with police, Tibbetts went on to start a GoFundMe page with pictures of her bruised-up child and a plea to help her raise $3,500 to cover legal expenses in her battle to gain full custody. Who wouldn't want to help a mother trying to keep her child from an abusive father?
This is all very compelling, but according to the New York Daily News, after investigating, police found that the bruises on the photo had been added with Photoshop. WHAT?! Yep, the bruises in the photo were not real, but rather, some creative photo editing.
Tibbetts hasn't commented on whether or not she altered the photos, but she was arrested for providing a false report to a police officer. She has since been released on bail and is due back in court next month.
As for the GoFundMe campaign, it didn't go far, only managing to raise $10 before it was shut down. Tibbetts claims that she took down the page herself after realizing that it wasn't getting donations and also, she's "not one to take handouts." Mmmkay, then why start the page in the first place?
"There are unfortunate instances where people create campaigns with the intention to take advantage of others' generosity. In the rare cases where fraud occurs, GoFundMe takes swift action to resolve the issue. In this case, we assisted with the local law enforcement investigation and quickly shut down the account of the campaign organizer."
The silver lining in this sad situation is that there's no evidence of physical abuse to the child, according to police. The bad news is that with this kind of contentious relationship between the parents, there's bound to be some emotional bruising.
At the moment, both parents share custody. If the allegations against Tibbetts are true, do you think they should play a part in the ultimate custody decision?