On 0May 28, 28 2021 Poteau Police was contacted by a female resident in reference to her wife (Ariana Noelle Gregg 46 of Poteau) and the six year old male under Gregg’s guardianship.
The reporting party stated that Gregg and the boy had left Poteau on 05-25-2021 to go to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis for the boy’s cancer treatment.
The reporting party stated that she had learned the Gregg and the boy were not at Saint Jude, Gregg had made false claims about the boy’s cancer, and they were both in Saginaw, Michigan with an online acquaintance of Gregg’s.
Poteau Police Department Investigators, working in conjunction with Leflore County DHS Child Welfare, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the FBI were able to locate Gregg and the boy in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The boy was taken into protective custody by Indiana child welfare authorities.
Gregg was released at that time by Indiana authorities due to the fact a warrant was not issued yet. Gregg was arrested by Poteau Police on 06-01-2021 on an outstanding Child Abuse warrant issued from this case.
Additional charges are pending.
During the course of the investigation it was learned that Gregg had used various online and social media platforms to solicit donations under the guise of funding the boy’s treatment expenses.
Poteau Police urges the public to cease any further donation to associated accounts due to the fraudulent nature of the claims. Anyone that had previously donated to these accounts can contact Detective Sergeant Dustin McKinney at 918-647-8620 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.