MENIFEE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - An eastern Kentucky couple says it made a heartbreaking loss even worse. They say days after their young son died someone set up a GoFundMe page claiming to be raising money for them. They say they don't know the person and they fear this fundraiser is scamming people.
"I've known the Brown and Tackitt family my whole life. I've lived here." Rick Stiltner is the judge executive in Menifee County but he doesn't just work with Josh Brown, he's a good friend of Josh and his wife, Alisha. Their four-year-old son, Jaxon, he says lived life to the fullest.
"Jaxon was an outgoing young man," Stiltner said. "He never met a stranger and he kind of picked folks out that maybe other people wasn't talking to, spend some time in conversation. He was a pretty smart little man."
Jaxon, WKYT is told, was perfectly healthy but not long ago things took a turn.
"They [family] took him to the doctor and then from the doctor's office took him by ambulance to Kentucky Children's Hospital. They did emergency surgery and a few days later he passed away."
As family dealt with funeral arrangements for their son they were told about a fundraising page in Jaxon's name. Its since been taken down. We were able to view an earlier version of the page, but the reason for wanting money is vague.
"I can't even imagine that you would do that. It's bad enough to do it in other ways, but for a four-year-old child to lose their life from such a serious health issue and for someone to obtain personal gain from that, I'm pretty disappointed."
State police confirm they're investigating and have attempted to talk with a woman from Morehead who is believed to have started the page. Investigators say charges can only be filed if the woman doesn't give money raised to the family.
The family did create a fund in Jaxon's name at Traditional Bank. Those donations will go directly to Kentucky Children's Hospital.