Then they issued their correction: Kelly was not actually the mother of the children.
Here’s CNN’s correction:
After CNN originally aired her story, Dasha Kelly clarified to CNN that she is not the mother of the three children featured in the story. CNN has verified she takes care of the children in her home for periods of time. She says she originally described herself to CNN as a mother because she considers herself to be like one to them. CNN has learned the children are also cared for by their mother, Shadia Hilo, and their father, David Allison, who is Kelly’s boyfriend.
CNN’s Nick Watt said that Shadia Hilo, the actual mother of the children, contacted the network and proved with birth certificates that she is, indeed, their mother. Hilo said she was very upset that someone else was pretending to be the mother of her children.
GoFundMe said they have frozen the funds in the account for Kelly and have contacted the donors to notify them about how to receive a refund. If there is money left over from refunding donors, that will partially go to Kelly and partially to the children.
“She is not the mother”
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 10, 2021
— New York Post (@nypost) August 10, 2021
Isn't this considered fraud? 🤔
— Jenny (@BlessedTNGal) August 10, 2021
She’s a talented grifter.
— Tom Callahan (@Syloustr) August 10, 2021
Yeah…. That’s called “fraud” when you get people to donate money based on a lie and it’s a CRIME.
— Michael Patrick (@Calm_Ye_West) August 10, 2021
CNN doing great work pushing more fake news!
— BlueAnoners (@BAnoners) August 10, 2021