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Clarksville woman arrested for faking child’s death |  Montgomery County


CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A Clarksville woman is facing charges after claiming her autistic child died.

Alicia Maslo was thrilled that her son had made a new friend. “It’s really hard for kids with special needs to not only make friends, but also keep them,” she explained. “So it’s really something when they can connect with someone on a deeper level.”

An SRO from Providence Middle School called Vanessa Blanchard on October 29, 2021 to find out why her 12-year-old child had been absent from school. Blanchard told the SRO that her autistic child died after having a seizure two days prior.

“The kids were so upset that the teachers were crying on the phone with the parent,” Maslo said. “My son came home bawling his eyes, hugging me, telling me he couldn’t believe he was gone. He said to me: ‘I just saw him, I don’t understand why he left.’

The school raised funds and tried to help pay for the child’s funeral at Sykes Funeral Home. The school contacted the funeral home to donate the funds and was told there were no funeral arrangements for the child.

The school again contacted Blanchard, who told them the child was in hospital awaiting an autopsy.

On November 16, the child’s school-provided laptop was active at the Vacation Motor Motel. A sheriff’s deputy came to the motel and saw the child in the room.

Blanchard told deputies she had left the 12-year-old alone in the motel room for the past two weeks and checked on him whenever she could, which was daily or every other day. days.

In December, Maslo and his son walked into a GameStop and saw a ghost. “We walked through the door and stood still,” she recalls. “Right standing there was his friend, who, you know, had been dead for months.”

Deputies accused Blanchard of contributing to the delinquency of a child and a false impression of death. She was arrested on Wednesday. She is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County General Sessions Court on Wednesday, January 19.

“It’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard,” Maslo said. “I could never imagine my child being gone, much less lying about it.”

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