Dinwiddie man accused of stealing $143k from child's medical fund

Floyd Abernathy is accused of stealing from the fund
Floyd Abernathy is accused of stealing from the fund

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - A Dinwiddie man is accused of stealing more than $143,000 from a fund set up for a child fighting a rare blood disorder.

Baylor Lindsay received donations from hundreds across Dinwiddie, but Floyd Abernathy is accused of stealing from the fund.
Baylor has Fanconi anemia,but his family says he is a fighter, and a comedian. He made his parents laugh through the worst days of his disorder, right before his bone marrow transplant.

To cover the costs, hundreds sent in donations to the Friends of Baylor fund. Now, Abernathy, a family friend, is accused of stealing from those efforts.

"We are grateful for the overwhelming support from our community for the well being of our child," Baylor's parents said in a statement. "This is an unfortunate situation and we hope to have a resolution soon."

They're stunned the alleged betrayal has gone this far. Dinwiddie prosecutors brought a 5-count indictment against Abernathy saying the fraud went as far back as 2008, the year Baylor traveled to Minneapolis for his transplant.

Deputies say Abernathy turned himself in, walking straight into the Sheriff's Office with his family. The court released him under $5,000 bond.

Abernathy was not at his Dinwiddie home when NBC12 tried to reach him for comment.

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