A woman has been accused of stealing $38,000 that was meant for a little girl who witnessed her mother get shot to death.
The 11-year-old heard the gunshots, heard her mother Stephanie Goodloe scream and then saw her mom’s ex-boyfriend, Donald Hairston, who has since been charged with the murder, run past her bedroom door.
The shooting took place in June 2016 and after the tragedy, a co-worker of Goodloe started a GoFundMe page to raise money to take care of the 11-year-old.
The fundraising drive was a success and brought in over $38, 000, the only problem? Very little of the money donated went to the little girl or her guardian. Instead, the co-worker “kept the majority of the funds raised for herself,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Arlene Petty, of Capitol Heights, Maryland has been arrested and charged with one count of first-degree fraud.
She has since been released from jail and her next hearing will be in D.C. Superior Court on Jan. 22.