GoFundMe causes Sanilac County mother in custody battle with sex offender to lose benefits

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SANILAC COUNTY (WJRT) (11/09/2017) - The Sanilac County mother who was embroiled in a child custody dispute with a man who raped her when the child was conceived has lost government benefits.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the woman, whose case drew national headlines, raised more than $100,000. As a result, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services cut off food stamps and health care benefits for her and her 8-year-old son.

Tiffany, the boy's mother, planned to spend the GoFundMe money on buying a new home. Without the government benefits, she said she'll be forced to rent for now.

The woman, now 21, made headlines in September when Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross gave partial parental rights to Christopher Mirasolo. He was accused of raping Tiffany, which made Tiffany pregnant with the boy when she was 12 years old.

An assistant Sanilac County prosecutor was fired over his handling of the case after Ross later suspended his order and stripped Mirasolo's parental rights.

The case started when the boy's mother petitioned the court for the government benefits that now have been taken away.

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