Mich. mom in rape custody case loses state help because of GoFundMe page

SALINAC COUNTY, Mich. (WJBK) – A young woman from the thumb area was raped at age 12. That rape produced a child and for a brief time, her attacker was given joint custody before the judge corrected it.

Now the 21-year-old Michigan mother is losing her government assistance, $300 in food assistance benefits and health insurance for her son.

Because of the money raised on the GoFundMe website, on her behalf, the department of health and human services says that money is now considered a financial asset.

“The GoFundMe is $102,000 but she’s only getting $75,000 of it because of all the fees that are taken,” said attorney Rebecca Kiessling.

Tiffany was raped when she was just 12 years old. She gave birth to the child, who is now 8.

In September, a Sanilac County judge granted the biological father, the man who was convicted of raping Tiffany, Christopher Mirasolo joint legal custody of the little boy.

Tiffany was ordered to move from Florida back to Michigan, where Mirasolo, 27, lives. The case was eventually dropped but with Tiffany and her son back in Michigan, with nowhere to live, a friend set up a GoFundMe page.

“The intent was that she was going to get a place to live,” said Kiessling. “To get a place to live and put a roof over their head, that was the plan.”

Tiffany’s attorney plans to appeal to the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to do away with her client’s state assistance.

“This is a girl who had to drop out of high school,” Kiessling said. “She was 12 years old when she was pregnant, she had to work under the table when she was 13, 14 years old. She got her first job at McDonald’s at 15. She doesn’t have a diploma, can you cut her a break?”

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10 comments

  • Michael

    How much free assistance does this lady expect?

    “She’s only getting $75,000….”

    Only?……ONLY?!?!?!

    Yes she has had a difficult life. Nobody should have to be raped but come on. Stop making excuses and stop asking for handouts.

    • Brittani

      The 75,000 isn’t assistance. If you read she was forcforced to move back to Michigan with no job no place to live to share custody with the man that raped her. So her friend did a go fund me account. And the woman herself did not ask for it. Read the article before giving an opinion.!

      • Michael

        You are correct the 75,000 isn’t assistance- it’s income. – If you make that much in 1 year you don’t qualify for state assistance. I know because I make that much and don’t qualify.

        That court order you speak of was very quickly rescinded. It doesn’t apply anymore. If she wants to live in Michigan that’s her choice. That $75,000 will pay her $500 a month rent for many years.

        • Robin Jones

          I would love to be able to find a 2 bedroom house or apartment for $500 a month anywhere!! They don’t exist. Also, she did not start the gofundme page, a friend did without her knowledge. She didn’t ask her friend to do this. Now, she can use that money from the gofundme page to move back to Florida if she wants or stay in Michigan, It is up to $75000 is a lot of money to someone who does not have it, but these days, it doesn’t go far.

    • Jane

      She has been working since she was 13. It’s not hand outs. Seriously. She was a CHILD and an Adult Man raped her. She has been raising the child and did not have it aborted. Get a life you loser.

  • Ara Gomons

    She received the money within a 24 hour period as a result of a radio interview on the Glenn Beck show. As for the amount of assistance she was receiving from the State of Michigan, it was so minimal that she was being evicted from her home! She had taken a job as a waitress and other low wage positions as she struggled to take care of her child and herself. I am sorry you seem to think that her life was a Kim Kardashian, champagne & lobster life style, but then given your comment about being raped and the amount of sympathy you have for someone who was raped at 12 years old, we can tell you are one of the criminally ignorant that walk among us …….

    • Michael

      I know firsthand that tha amount of assistance the state gives a single mother is enough to make it while waitressing. It requires smart decisions -no smart phone, no alcohol, no cigarettes, etc.

      I already said nobody should ever have to be raped but society doesn’t owe her anything.

  • Ella

    $75K is plenty of money to move & provide for yourself & your child while you find a job to support yourself! And yet another reason why I despise Go Fund Me. All the $$ they take for themselves.

    • Ara Gomons

      I am not sure where you live, but where I am from $75K is enough to have a good start. But unless you have an college education or a trade skill, you are not going to make more than $12- $13 an hour which isn’t crap if you are trying to support yourself and your child while trying to fight custody battles. How about the costs to own and maintain a car or child care while the mother is working? My health insurance went from $90 / month with an 80/20 co-pay and $10 family deductible to $255 / A WEEK for a 80/20 co-pay & $10K family deductible under OweBAMACare. That is correct! I had to pay over $13K last year for health insurance!!!!!

      How about giving her a break and stop hating because someone has more than you? I do not know about you, but I have a hard enough time taking care of me and my family without all of the time and energy hating someone because they have made the best of a bad situation and caught a break for once. I do not expect her to be on assistance forever, but I am never going to begrudge someone who caught a break after being raped at 12 years old and decided to keep her child.

      • Michael

        “…..which isn’t crap if you are trying to support yourself and your child while trying to fight custody battles.”

        Except she’s not. The father never applied for or wanted custody. The court order (which was reversed within days) giving the father partial custody was solely for the purpose of trying to make him financially responsible for child support. That is standard for parents seeking state assistance. It was never meant to give him physical custody.