After she tricked the public into believing she was facing eviction with her three daughters and thus raised more than $200K from concerned strangers, a woman from Las Vegas had to clarify things.
Apparently, she was actually just their babysitter.
CNN reported the fake story about Dasha Kelly, and raised her up in the eyes of the public.
However, the 32-year-old had to eventually admit that she is not the real mother of the girls, but she was just taking care of them for her boyfriend.
Kelly then told CNN that she wanted to “tell everybody thank you so much” after she realized how much cash had been raised for her “family”.
She additionally explained that she lost her job in a casino a year ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, 32-year-old Dasha Kelly lost her job as a card dealer when the pandemic forced casinos to shut down. She is one of the more than 11 million Americans that are behind on their rent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.https://t.co/aqOf8YBfmi
— CNN Heroes (@CNNHeroes) August 4, 2021
So, she decided to launch a GoFundMe to raise $1900 in order to pay her back rent she said she owned.
However, things developed in an surprising direction, when, within only 24 hours, over 2700 kind strangers donated and helped her raise more than $170,000.
CNN later reported that the real mother of the three girls came forward to complain about the situation.
Shadia Halo, the biological mom, was “understandably upset” by Kelly’s actions.
Nothing to see here. Just @CNN rewriting their big story of last week without acknowledging any error on their part after being exposed by @DoctorTurtleboy @turtleboyphone for putting out a completely false story about Dasha Kelly. It's Minitrue before our eyes. pic.twitter.com/qI0TH7zsl9
— L (@iamstarbug79) August 9, 2021
Yet, Kelly defended herself by claiming that she sees herself as a parent to the children.
CNN has to answer for its botched reporting on Dasha Kelly, a Las Vegas “mom” who raised a boatload of cash after the network reported that she and her children would be homeless unless the COVID-19 eviction moratorium was extended, writes @BecketAdams. https://t.co/0YxaovI7YZ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 11, 2021
She even appeared on the news station along with Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush who told her she loved her and “will not stop working to make sure you and every person in our country has what they need to thrive”.
Kelly told the congresswoman:
“I’m just so fortunate right now, this is beyond me.
When I put that up, I never thought that anybody would have reached out, especially CNN, and to hear that a congressperson — my story reached you — this is just amazing.”
A GoFundMe topped $200K after a woman said she and her kids faced eviction. Then their real mom came forward. https://t.co/ZcGiAb4rkK
— Earle Kimel (@earlekimel) August 11, 2021
Since the fundraiser raised more than $200,000, Kelly had to clarify that she is not the children’s real mother.
As a result, a representative for GoFundMe said that no money has been withdrawn and it will stay frozen until they can get a clearer picture of the situation.
Political commentator Matt Walsh has an in-depth report on the story in the video below: