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Women Accused of Scam Involving Sick Child

RUSSELLVILLE, AR -- Russellville police are looking for two women they say have been scamming people, using a terminally-ill boy.
Michael Nuckols and his son Carter
Michael Nuckols and his son Carter
They said Carter died, that they were collecting money for his funeral.
RUSSELLVILLE, AR -- Russellville police are looking for two women they say have been scamming people, using a terminally-ill boy.

While it's not yet confirmed, police say they're also hearing reports of a similar scam with women matching these suspects descriptions in North Little Rock.

Since we did a story with Carter Nuckols in March, his health has taken a turn for the worse. He suffered a seizure and had to leave early from a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World.

"That's when we decided to see if he's going to fight for his life or see what he's going to do," his father Michael Nuckols says.

The family signed a do not resuscitate order, and Carter spent his fifth birthday, this past Sunday, at Arkansas Children's Hospital where his father says it's been touch and go ever since.

"Very emotional," he says. "Very stressful."

And if their situation wasn't bad enough, now there's word from Russellville, the family's hometown, of two women going door-to-door to local businesses and delivering tragic news.

"They said Carter died," Michael tells us. "That they were collecting money for his funeral. Well, I can tell you he's not dead. He's sitting right next to me."

The women are accused of preying on a community when it's most vulnerable.

While Carter's dad believes it's a sad example of the world we live in, he also says the women's scam has been an opportunity to share the best in people.

"Picked the wrong place and the wrong people to make their opportunity," Michael says.

He explains that,  because of the scam, more people are hearing about his son's story, providing more opportunities to show love and support to the Nuckols family.

"That keeps our spirits going and keeps us strong for Carter," he says.
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