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Mom Charged with Trying to Sell Infant Son

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Associated Press: A mother was in jail Friday, accused of trying to sell her 5-month-old son for $10,000 to get money for a new apartment.

Rebecca Sue Taylor, 19, offered to sell her baby to another woman identified as Leigh Burr after saying she was unable to bond with the infant and needed money for a new apartment, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Burr said Taylor later cut the asking price to $5,000.

The women had been talking about Taylor serving as a possible surrogate mother for Burr when Taylor offered to sell her the baby she already had, police said in the criminal complaint.

Charleston Police Sgt. E. L. Hodges said Burr reported the offer to police on Sunday. Taylor was arrested Wednesday.

Hodges said the child is in state custody. He said he did not know anything about the baby's father.

Hodges said the two women were acquaintances, but he did not know the extent of their relationship. He also said he did not know anything about Taylor's financial situation or whether she was employed.

Burr does not have a published phone number and could not be reached for comment Friday.

Taylor was being held Friday at South Central Regional Jail with bond set at $2,500. She has asked for a court-appointed attorney, though one has not yet been appointed, officials said.

A felony charge of offering the purchase or sale of a child carries a fine of $100 to $2,000 and one to five years in prison.

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Nell April 24, 2009, 5:26 PM

“The problem” is selling a human being. It is wrong, both morally and legally. It’s not like buying a puppy. If people could get away with this, it would lead to a lot of bad things, such as drug trades, rape, and mutiliation as you stated. Have you ever studied the history of this country and read up on slavery? That might help you understand.
There is a proper way of handling this. One of those ways, would have been to get the “Department of Children and Families” involved if you needed to immediately get rid of your child. This other woman who was interested could have tried to adopt the child or at least be a foster parent for the short term. My mother is a foster parent, and it isn’t a very difficult to become one. Or if this avenue wasn’t available, I’m sure there was another way she could have handled this without putting a price tag on her child.

Nell April 25, 2009, 8:32 AM

Okay, Abbi I really wasn’t making my comment personal towards you, but since you took it SO personal, here goes: I guess you are from another country besides the United States. Doesn’t matter. If have any knowledge history (and maybe knowledge isn’t your thing either), most countries in the world had slavery at one point or another, and it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with black and white. There were often white on white slaves and so on. I said NOTHING related to being black and white in my previous post. But anyway, this is ridiculous, back on the topic. The bottom line is, it is wrong. Regardless of how “mild” your mind thinks it is. Selling a baby is wrong. Period.

love my kidz April 25, 2009, 7:33 PM

This is so crazy, i hate people that attempt to sell/drug/rape/hide/mutilate kids. some situations id kill/lie/steal/mutilate just to be with mine.

kristen April 25, 2009, 7:37 PM

Ok. The main thing is this little boy is now out of his moms care. If she really did not like him, then he can now have a chance to be with someone who will. The mom was young and I hope she gets the help she needs to become a wiser adult.

Lilly April 26, 2009, 12:01 PM

It is so sad when people think they have no other choice, when they feel so hopeless and desperate they do the unthinkable. I hope both the baby and the young girl receive the support and help they need to get on with their lives. We are not always clear enough to think of the alternatives. But hopefully a lesson this young girl will never forget.

Friedrich April 26, 2009, 6:54 PM

Right, wrong, black, white, it’s all so simple, isn’t it?

Lurker April 27, 2009, 10:38 AM

Uhh, i don’t think she meant black & white literally as in color of the skin or race. Anyhow, hopefully life will turn out to be good for the poor baby. Hope he/she will end up with good, responsible parents who’ll love & support & ensure a good future. Geez, it’s not easy to make a kid you know.

sane April 27, 2009, 12:31 PM

OMG! This is a form of human trafficking and it is horrible. Whoever this ABBI person is who commented first, is really silly. So what if the mother is only 19! Are you saying a 19 can’t be a good mother. That second poster may have misunderstood you as not being just literal when you brought up Black/White, but she is right as a whole. This is NOT A GOOD THING! It could have been a child molester or murderer trying to adopt that baby…then what?? No birth records, no medical records…aye!

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