A Michigan woman accused of convincing her healthy 12-year-old son that he had cancer in order to collect thousands of dollars in donations has been ordered to undergo psychological testing.

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Carol Schnuphase looks on during her preliminary exam hearing in Roseville, Mich., on Wednesday. Schnuphase is accused of convincing her healthy 12-year-old son and others that the boy had cancer so she could collect thousands of dollars in donations. ((Andre J. Jackson/Detroit Free Press/Associated Press) )

The Detroit News reported a judge in Macomb County postponed a preliminary examination for Carol Lynn Schnuphase, 47, on Wednesday.

Schnuphase is facing charges of fraud and child abuse.

Authorities said earlier this year she drugged her son, and shaved his hair and eyebrows so he appeared to have cancer.

A prosecutor claimed she received $7,500 US from a church fundraiser, in addition to other donations.

The money was used to pay bills.

The boy has been placed in foster care.

Schnuphase's next court date is Dec. 15.