Dad Allegedly Robs Bank To Pay For Daughter’s Chemotherapy
In heartbreaking news, a Michigan father is currently behind bars after allegedly robbing a bank to pay for his 1-year-old daughter’s chemotherapy treatments.
At just two months old, Brailynn Randolph was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that primarily affects young children. Weeks after the tot celebrated her first birthday in July, her parents, Asia Dupree and Brandon Randolph, received a letter in the mail informing them that her health insurance policy had been terminated. Desperate and unsure of how to handle the situation, Randolph allegedly plotted to rob the Vibe Credit Union Bank in South Lyon, Michigan.
According to ABC News, the troubled father is accused of entering the financial institution on August 12 and passing a note to tellers that demanded they hand over money to him.After the young father was arrested, he told police that he robbed the bank in order to pay for his sick daughter’s cancer treatments. Police say that although the 23-year-old indicated that he had a shotgun in the note, he said that he didn’t actually bring a gun with him.
After Brailynn’s insurance coverage was terminated on August 4th, Dupree said that Randolph grew desperate as the date of their daughter’s next chemotherapy appointment drew closer.
“This was after the insurance was cancelled,” said Dupree. “I guess it was just like desperation. Time was ticking before her actual appointment came up.”
In an update shared to the Go Fund Me page that was set up for Brailynn last year, Dupree explained that Randolph tried to find employment before attempting to pull off the robbery.
“He did interviews for jobs, we called the state worker for the insurance, and nothing,” she wrote.
According to Action News, the insurance company says that the child’s insurance coverage was cancelled due to her parents’ failure to renew the policy after her first birthday. Dupree told reporters that she wasn’t made aware that this was necessary and that she’s still working on getting the coverage back.
Randolph has been charged with armed robbery and bank robbery. Bail has been set at $500,000.