Warning: Dead Baby Donation-Seekers May Not Have Dead Babies

Look, times are tough, babies are dying all over the place, and those of us able to help really want to help. But before making your next roadside, dead-baby donation, we ask that you please be as discriminating as possible. Scrutinize those certificates, people!

From KTLA News:

Police have arrested 4 people in connection with a panhandling scam to solicit money to pay for an infant's funeral.

They say one of the suspects, 21-year old Heather Nichols, was holding a sign with an infant's photo on a street corner.

Yes, it's the old "paste a photo of a baby to a poster board above birth- and death-dates within the same year, write 'Funeral Donations' on it with a Sharpie, and stand by a road until the money pours in" scheme. The operation, which spread from Southern California to Arizona and lasted close to a year, was pulling in between $700 and $1,400 per day.

Also arrested: Catherine Mendez, 22, of Beaumont, CA; Chasity Doll, 20, of Cherry Valley, CA; and Jamari Carter, 26, of Highland, CA. Ms. Doll was arrested last June for the same scam. And no, that's not a typo. She spells her first name like that. [KTLA, screengrab via KTLA]