'1000-lb Sisters': Did Tammy Slaton almost die? Here's why Amy was slammed for 'crowdfunding' funeral on GoFundMe
Amy set up a GoFundMe page for a hospitalized Tammy in 2015 to pay for a triple size coffin in case her sister died but she was later labeled a con for creating a death hoax
In April 2015, Amy Slaton had shared a heartwrenching video of herself. She was seen crying her eyes out while making an appeal for her sister Tammy Slaton, who had reportedly fallen in the bathroom and contracted pneumonia. "Yesterday at 10 am Tammy went into the hospital. She has pneumonia and she can't breathe," Amy said in the beginning. Later on, she also said that Tammy was on life support with dangerously low oxygen levels. "I don't know what to do if I lose my sister."
Amy was preparing herself for the worst in case Tammy's condition deteriorated further. "I set up a trust fund, a go fund me account. With Tammy being so big, her coffin is going to cost them more because they are going to have to triple the size of the coffin," she said. "I know she is on a medical card but it will not cover all of the bills. It is taking all of our checks just to make it through. So this GoFundMe account will be for Tammy's funeral if she dies She is not dead yet so please pray that she gets better. Please pay that we do not have this funeral and when she gets home the money will go to help us pay off the medical bills," Amy said in the video, bawling inconsolably.
As everyone knows by now, Tammy survived and was back home and this was when followers of the sisters turned on them, mostly because they felt misled by Amy's plea. They took Tammy for dead, after which they sent money for her funeral arrangements, but seeing that she'd survived, Amy was slammed for creating a hoax in order to crowdsource money, according to a report.
On a related topic, Amy was arrested in 2010. She addressed this in a video she shared in 2017. "This is a story about when I was arrested. Yes, this is age-restricted because I do not want little kids to go out and think it’s OK to steal and get in trouble and stuff like that." She warned, "I do not want that to happen! Please do not do the dumb things that I done in life. You know, I did stupid things when I was younger."
She went on to share details of what had happened back then. She had just quit her job and at the same time lost her grandfather. Everything felt wrong and around the same time she had set her heart upon buying a book but didn't have the money for it so she ended up stealing it. This was at a Walmart outlet and as she exited the security alarm went off and the store called the police after she initially lied about having bought it at a different store, but the cameras revealed the truth.
She was taken to the police station where they took her fingerprints and checked her for tattoos and piercings. Two hours later she was released to her mother who came to pick her up. She was banned from Walmart for two years and the book that cost $8 cost her $400 in fine and two jours in jail, according to a report.
'1000-lb Sisters' Season 2 will premiere on Monday, January 3, 2021, at 10 pm on TLC.