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Does the Consequence Fit the Crime For Child Selling?

Drug lords get lengthy prison sentences for peddling their wares, but what consequences do parents face for selling offspring? After failing to bond with her 5-month-old son, a West Virginia mom sought $10,000 for her babe. The 19-year-old later sliced the price in half, hoping to close the deal quicker and secure money for an apartment.

The woman who the mom tried to sell the child to reported her to the police. She was arrested and the tot was taken into state custody. As frightening as the situation may seem, it was not the most shocking part of the report. The mama's bail is set at just $2,500 and she faces rather mild consequences for her horrendous action. It 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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skigurl skigurl 6 years
i think she deserves a more harsh sentence, but the important thing is: did they take the child and put it into protective custody in order to allow him to be adopted by a family who will connect with him??
sham28 sham28 6 years
Ugh, she should be sterilized, but that's not legal either.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 6 years
She should spend a very long time in prison! She got lucky that she tried to sell her child to someone that actually cared about the baby's well being. Isn't the risk of drug dealers is that they may sell someone a lethal dose? That doesn't mean that everyone that buys drugs will OD. It's the risk that makes them spend years in prison. So just because this baby was being sold to a caring person does not mean that there was not a risk that the baby could have gone to someone that would have harmed him. The punishment does not fit the crime!!
annissa annissa 6 years
Obviously this is about money, not about a lack of bonding with her child. How sad.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
humm, i suppose the fact that she didn't try and sell the child into slavery, or to a child molester saved her from a longer jail term. sickening case. and of course she won't stop having children. wonder what her own childhood was like, what caused her to put such a low value on her own baby. most mothers wouldn't take 10 million for their child.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 6 years
Well I guess maybe the child might have gone into better hands. But really just drop the kid off at the Police and say sorry but I can't take care of the baby, please find someone that will. Oh well, that's the world sad to say, but people have been doing this for a really long time.
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