Officials: Alabama educator, wife raised money on false claims daughter had terminal illness

Published 7:47 am Saturday, January 16, 2021

An Alabama educator and his wife have been indicted on charges of falsely claiming their daughter had a terminal illness.

Coosada Elementary School assistant principal Daniel Nix Taylor, 38, and Jessica Lane Taylor, 37, are charged with aggravated child abuse, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. They were released from the Elmore County Jail after posting bonds of $30,000 each.

Prosecutor C.J. Robinson said the couple was accused of claiming their daughter had cancer or another terminal illness, which prompted fundraisers in the community. The child had to undergo medical appointments and invasive tests because of the claims, he said.

“While this case doesn’t include acts of physical abuse that you would usually see in child abuse cases, we still feel the actions of the parents is neglect and their treatment of the child is abusive,” said Robinson.

Court records did not include the name of a defense lawyer who could speak on behalf of the couple.

A statement from the school system said Taylor was placed on leave Thursday, a day after the arrest was reported.