ALBANY, Ga. - A 38-year-old woman was charged with five counts of theft after convincing a man to pay child support for her friend's baby.
Dougherty County Sheriff's Capt. Craig Dodd said Regina Thompson used a friend's baby girl to convince her ex-boyfriend Joseph Golden that the child was his so she could get child support.
He said Thompson was keeping her friend's child during the week while the mother was attending classes. He said the girl's mother, Lastraga McCloud, didn't know anything about the plot.
Dodd said the ex-boyfriend doled out more than $1,600 in five payments over the next two years. He said "he was convinced the little girl was his. They had pictures made at her birthday party and everything."