Kansas woman gets probation for stealing donations meant for 11-year-old burn victim

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A woman who stole charitable donations meant for a young burn victim has been sentenced to a year of probation. 

Judge Bruce Brown sentenced 34-year-old Cinthia Davis, of Wellington, on Tuesday and ordered her to pay back the remaining money owed to the victim's family. A jury found her guilty of felony theft following a three-day trial in January.

Prosecutors alleged that Davis set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for an 11-year-old Haysville girl who was burned in September of 2015. The account raised more than $8,000 in 124 donors in less than a month. 

An investigator with the Haysville Police Department testified that all the funds were withdrawn and spent over a 60-day period after the fundraiser ended. The mother of the injured girl only got a few hundred dollars. 

The girl's dress caught on fire while playing with a neighborhood friend who had a lighter. She suffered second- and third-degree burns over 17 percent of her body and spent 18 days in the hospital.

Her husband, Martin Kerr, pleaded guilty to the theft and was sentenced to probation last year.

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