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People get fed up with their kids all the time, but this is the first I’ve heard of anyone trying to sell one of them off. A West Virginia couple reportedly attempted to sell their 3-month-old baby to another couple, and ended up leaving it at the other couple’s home.
From The Washington Post:
Law enforcement officers frequently deal with some pretty strange situations,” Sheriff Steve Kessler said in the release. “A situation like this is really out of the ordinary though.”
No one actually agreed to buy the baby, according to the release. But the couple left it there anyway. “Witnesses were able to identify the male who had tried to sell the child but did not know the female accompanying him,” the release says.
Both the mother and father were jailed on felony charges of selling or attempting to sell a child. I did not know that such charges existed, but I guess the legal system has to be prepared for everything.
The real problem I have with this is the asking price. $500-$1000 dollars? That’s chump change. After conducting a few Google searches, I’ve found that it can cost in excess of $35 grand to adopt a white male infant. With that kind of market, I don’t see how you can sell yourself so short here. If this couple can’t understand basic supply and demand, then consider me glad that they aren’t raising a child anymore..
[via The Washington Post]
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