From the “news story that would be funny if it wasn’t so sad” files, a 36-year-old Vancouver woman, Heidi Lynn Knowles, allegedly tried to sell her three-day-old baby boy at a Taco Bell restaurant for $500 – $5000.
Apparently, she did not pick the right buyer: when she approached the customer, handed her the baby and offered to sell him, the customer didn’t take her up on the offer (imagine that!) and instead, called the police, who tracked Knowles to a nearby motel.
The baby is now with child protective services, while Knowles is being held on warrants for theft, bail-jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia. She has not been charged in connection with the baby-selling attempt.
I have to admit I would really love to know how this whole thing went down. Was it a cry for help from a desperate, overwhelmed and likely drug-addicted mom? Was she just making an incredibly lame joke? Or did she really think her potential customer was interested in purchasing a baby along with her Nachos Bell Grande? From the details given in the story, it sounds like the mom was truly desperate, homeless, and had no money. I wonder if she will get the help she needs now.
What would you do if somebody approached you and offered to sell her baby?
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