Report By: Nina Rai
Dallas, Texas, 23 June, 2012
Dallas police have taken a local woman into custody in a shocking case of trying to sell her toddler in a classified ad for $4,000, to an out-of-state buyer.
The would-be buyer contacted Dallas police on Thursday, 21st June to let them know that she had responded to a newspaper advertisement about a woman offering to sell her four month old baby for $4,000.
WFAA reports Megan Heichelbeck, the would-be buyer said that at first she had wanted to adopt the baby but later changed her mind and went on to notify the police.
According to Megan, the mother of the infant was looking for a better home for her infant. She wanted someone to take care of him and do the things that needed to be done, she told the channel,’ she told the channel.
The full extent of infant’s plight came to light after managers of the mother’s apartment in Plano, Dallas, entered her home on Friday to collect rent. The baby boy known as Eden was discovered alone in his crib, with his mother no where in sight.
A short while later she drove home in her Honda, with an empty car seat at the back. Authorities took her into custody on charges of child abandonment, while the infant was handed into the care of Child Protective Services (CPS).
Meanwhile, a police statement said: ‘Dallas officers were notified of an abandoned child that was discovered by apartment management at the Shadow Ridge Village Apartment located at 9701 W. Ferris Branch Blvd.’
The statement goes on to inform ‘Apartment management entered into the apartment looking to collect rent from the tenant after several attempts to contact her failed. When they went inside, they discovered an infant male lying inside his crib.’
According to the statement there was no one in the apartment. “The mother returned and was subsequently taken into custody for Child Abandonment with Intent to Return, which is a State Jail Felony.’
The police statement says the four-month-old baby is in good condition and has been handed over to CPS. ‘The mother was transported to police headquarters to be interviewed by detectives. We cannot release her name at this time until she has been booked into jail,’ adds the Dallas police statement. The mother’s name, meanwhile, has not been released.
Source: Dallas News
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