In his wheelchair at school, he cut a forlorn figure with a bandana covering his shaved head – and a note asking staff to keep a close eye on him.
At home, he refused to stay in the wheelchair and played on the trampoline in the back garden, wondering why his own mother took a razor to his eyebrows.
But all became clear yesterday when evil Emma La Garde, 36, was jailed after putting her boy through hell from the age of six and forcing him to live as a cancer sufferer.
She raked in £85,898 in fake benefit and tax credit claims – jetting off on holidays including a visit to Disney World in Florida where she kept her healthy son in a wheelchair to queue-jump theme park rides.
The boy – who cannot be named – said in a victim impact statement: “I don’t like her. She is evil. I don’t think she has a normal brain.
“I didn’t really understand what was happening. I don’t miss her any more. I did wonder why she picked on me. I have spoken with dad about it loads and it must have been because of my age.”
La Garde’s husband was also duped into believing their son was suffering from cancer, Gloucester crown court heard.
RIP: my faith in humanity. I honestly would make no objection to having this bitch murdered and disembowelled in front of her son.