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Woman Who Raised Over $200K To Avoid Eviction With Kids Admits Kids Aren’t Hers

Las Vegas, NV – A Las Vegas woman who raised more than $200,000 in a GoFundMe by claiming she and her three daughters were facing eviction admitted on Tuesday that she’s not actually the children’s mother.

Dasha Kelly posted a copy of an eviction notice from the Hacienda Hills Apartments to GoFundMe along with a plea for help to avoid letting her family become homeless.

“My name is Kelly and I have 3 daughters living in Nevada,” her fundraiser read. “We were maintaining just fine before this pandemic hit. Now we are suffering.”

“We do have EBT for food, and also applied for Chap,” Kelly continued. “However, they do not assist immediately. We owe $1,900 for rent alone not including utilities. I will figure out utilities by pawning a few things.”

“As you all know it is entirely still to [sic] hot to be homeless. My daughter’s [sic] are aged 5, 6, and 8. Please help with anything you can,” she wrote.

CNN pounced on Kelly’s story and featured her on a news broadcast, along with her three girls ages five, six, and eight, causing contributions to the woman’s crowdfunding effort to skyrocket, the New York Post reported.

The network brought Kelly back again beside U.S. Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri) in celebration of President Joe Biden’s 60-day moratorium on evictions, the New York Post reported.

“I’m just so fortunate right now, this is beyond me,” Kelly told Bush. “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.”

Kelly’s GoFundMe peaked at $212,000 on Aug. 10 before the woman who is actually the mother of the three little girls featured on CNN came forward, the New York Post reported.

Shadia Halo identified herself to CNN as the mother of the three little girls and said Kelly was the girls’ father’s girlfriend who didn’t live with him.

Halo admitted that Kelly spends “significant” time with her girls and said she had dropped them off to spend a week at her apartment, the New York Post reported.

Kelly admitted to CNN that she was not the girl’s mother after Halo exposed her.

She told the news network that she called herself their mother because the girls recognize her as their mother figure.

Halo was “understandably upset” by the father of her daughters’ girlfriend’s claims, CNN reported.

Kelly updated her GoFundMe to clarify that she wasn’t actually related to the three girls and that her boyfriend’s daughters don’t actually live with her.

“I take care of these girls in my home for periods of time, and have for the last couple years,” Kelly wrote. “I’ve loved these girls unconditionally, and have been out of the kindness of my heart. I treat them as my daughters, and care for them in this way.”

“This detail doesn’t change my original need for donations to avoid eviction, and I will be using the funds to get back on my feet and support my family,” she wrote. “As mentioned in my last update, I will also be putting money aside for the girls in a savings account.”

GoFundMe told CNN the funds in Kelly’s account had been locked down while they verified her information and said no money had left the account yet.

The crowdfunding site said that anyone who wanted to request a refund from Kelly’s GoFundMe could do so through Aug. 23, the New York Post reported.

The girls will be returning to their mother’s home soon to begin school, CNN reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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