It amazes me how stupid people can be. Seriously, how can someone think that it is not just okay, but that they won’t be caught when attempting to sell their baby on Craigslist. This week yet another mom tried to sell her child on the popular website, asking for just $4,000 in exchange for her baby. What went down?
According to reports, a Dallas mother put the four grand price tag on her 4-month-old baby. In the ad she wrote, “I can no longer care for him the way he needs to be,” the ad read. “We are living in a womens shelter now. Im working with an adoption agency so there is an adoption fee they have set up. I believe its $6,500. Thank you and god bless.”
Megan Heichelbeck of Florida was apparently interested and in the market for a baby. She drove to Dallas to check out the “merchandise.” But when she got to the apartment complex, Ms. Heichelbeck had rightly so second thoughts. She did the right thing and called the police, especially since the baby had been left alone. The police arrested the mother, when she returned that is, on charges of child abandonment.
“She was just looking for someone who could take care of him and do the things that needed to be done,” Ms. Heichelbeck said. “She was very honest about all that. I don’t think she had any intention of sending him anywhere.”
The baby has been taken away by Child Protective Services. And Ms. Heichelbeck said she’s still interested in adopting the baby boy. Let’s hope someone steps up to raise him (not sell him).
So what’s the going rate for Craigslist baby sales?
In October of 2011, a Philadelphia woman was asking for $15k. In March of 2010, a Washington dad tried to sell his 4-year-old boy Gavin for $5,000. In October 2010, one couple was giving their baby away for free.
Do you think people will ever learn?