The Short of It
A teenage girl from Wyandotte, Michigan claimed to be pregnant with triplets — but people began to get suspicious when, after 10 months, she didn't deliver the babies. It turns out, fake ultrasound photos and pregnancy bellies, available for sale from a website, may have helped the teen convince her boyfriend—and others—that she was pregnant. Wyandotte police are now investigating.
Not just one baby, but three—that's what one Wyandotte, Michigan, 16-year-old told her boyfriend she was expecting. But now, it's alleged that the girl faked her pregnancy, thanks to a website called FakeABaby.com that sells items like pregnancy bellies and ultrasound photos.
The girl got plenty of support. "I was excited, don't get me wrong, but I was scared," the teen's boyfriend told Fox 2 Detroit. The Facebook Group: Moms of Triplets shared support and gifts. A church and nonprofit group also chipped in with money. "She got tons of help," says Jessica Adams, an aunt. "The gifts, they couldn't even open at the shower there was so much."
But months passed—and no babies made their debut. "For about 10 months ... she gave me the story about micro preemies and how her doctor thought time would be better in there than time in the incubator," the boyfriend, Jordan, said. His mom was equally suspicious because she couldn't even Google the ob-gyn and her son wasn't allowed to attend his girlfriend's prenatal appointments. Finally, an Ohio mom from the Facebook group revealed that the teen's ultrasound photos were probably phony—side-by-side, they looked exactly like the ones for sale on FakeABaby.com.
Everything unraveled when the teen claimed to have miscarried the three babies at home, the day before a scheduled C-section. Jordan's aunt called detectives, who went to investigate—and the teen reportedly broke down to cops and said she lost the babies at 6 weeks. Some people now question if she was ever pregnant. And while all of the donations received are being returned, according to the teen's brother, this story may not be over yet: Police are now looking into whether her actions could be considered criminal (thanks to all those donations). And the question remains: Why?
We'll probably never know if the teen was really pregnant, and miscarried—and if so, why she didn't tell anyone. That's a sad enough scenario as it is. Regardless, to fake a pregnancy for as long as she allegedly did is just mind-boggling.