WYANDOTTE, Mich. (WJBK) - A Michigan teen announced she was pregnant with triplets, sharing the news with family, friends and strangers who wanted to be supportive. But, more than nine months later -- and still no babies -- some were suspicious. Turns out, the girl faked it for 10 months and was able to do it with a disturbing website FakeABaby.com.
Just 16, Jordan was preparing for his entire life to change when his 16-year-old girlfriend from Wyandotte told him she was pregnant with triplets.
"I was excited, don't get me wrong, but I was scared," he says. "I started looking for jobs the best I could. I was ready to donate all my time."
"I was happy - eventually - but not in the beginning. I mean, that's my son," says Krissy Wyrabkiewicz.
Eventually, the family embraced the pregnancy and started preparing for the birth. As the months passed, gifts for the babies started pouring in. A church in Taylor, a nonprofit in Dearborn and a Facebook group that she joined called "Moms of Triplets" all donated to the young family. Last May, relatives even threw a baby shower for the expectant mother who had already named her three babies - Ivan, Alice and Isabella.
"She got tons of help," says Jessica Adams, an aunt. "The gifts, they couldn't even open at the shower there was so much."
No one questioned anything - at first. Her belly appeared to be growing, and there were even ultra sound pictures.
So, when did the family notice things weren't right?
"When I could not find the doctor and he could never go to the doctors with her," Wyrabkiewicz says. Slowly, the 16-year-old's story began to unravel and her due date was fast approaching.
"For about 10 months ... she gave me the story about micro preemies and how her doctor thought time would be better in there than time in the incubator," Jordan says.
An Ohio woman in the Facebook group Moms of Triplets figured out the ultrasound pictures were fake and contacted the family. They discovered they were the same pictures from a website called FakeABaby.com.
"Down to baby A, baby B, baby C, the placements of the babies - they're the exact same," says Tracy Matthews, an aunt. "You can put them side by side and the only difference you're going to see is that she used a fake doctor that doesn't exist. She put my nephew's name on the ultrasound, which you cannot do."
FOX 2 was told the expectant mother lied until the very end. Last week, the day before her C-section, she claimed she lost the babies but refused to go to the doctor. That's when Jordan's aunt called the authorities, who are now investigating.
"So, I told the hotline she has three babies that she's supposed to be full term with, and she won't go to the hospital and they don't have heartbeats. So, they sent detectives over there and she finally cracked and told the detectives that she lost them at six weeks," Adams says.
The 16-year-old refused to come to the door, but her brother later admitted to FOX 2 off-camera what happened, claiming only she knew the truth.
"She lost the baby at six weeks," said the girl's brother. "She didn't tell anybody; she was scared and didn't know what to do. All donations she took are being returned."
"I don't think anybody should go through that," says Jordan. "All this over a website FakeABaby.com."
"That website needs to be out. Because, if she can do it that easy, anybody can," says Wyrabkiewicz.
Some question if the girl was even pregnant to begin with, and there's no way to verify that at his point. The family says they saw a lot of red flags and they continually asked a lot of questions, but say she always seemed to have an answer. The family says things only became clear in retrospect.
Wyandotte police say they are investigating. What she did could be criminal because of all the gifts and the thousands of dollars of donations she accepted.
As for the girl's parents, it is not clear at this time if they knew. Police are also investigating if they may have possibly been in on it.