Crime

Couple Allegedly Tries To Sell Baby On Craigslist

| by Michael Doherty

A Tennessee couple was taken into custody after the pair allegedly attempted to sell their 5-month-old baby on Craigslist for $3,000.

John David Cain, 26, and Deanna Lynn Greer, 37, were arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment, The Associated Press reports. Cain was also served an additional arrest warrant for being a fugitive from justice.

The ad offering the baby was reportedly posted on March 24.

A couple browsing Craigslist saw the ad and alerted police, according to Greene County Sheriff Pat Hankins. The police department received help from the FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate the situation, the Independent reports.

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An undercover officer responded to the ad, and then met with the couple in the parking lot of a Dollar General store.

The officer handed over the money for the child, and Cain and Greer were arrested.

"Can you believe this? We bought a baby," said Hankins, according to The Greenville Sun. "It makes my heart drop."

The warrant for Greer and Cain's arrests stated that the couple "did knowingly place the child in threat of serious danger, bodily injury or death by selling the child to an unknown person, (an) especially heinous, atrocious and cruel act."

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The couple have been charged in connection with Tennessee's "Haley's Law," which was named for a child from Campbell County who was severely abused by her father and stepmother, sustaining serious injuries. Haley's Law makes it a Class A felony to abuse a child under the age of 9 in any way that causes bodily harm.

The baby has reportedly been taken into state custody.

"The baby's fine, it's with foster parents now," said Greene County Detective Jeff Morgan.

Greer and Cain are being held in lieu of $150,000 bail each. They were scheduled to make their first court appearances on March 26 at the Greene County General Sessions Court.

In a similar case in October 2016, police in Duisburg, Germany, reported they were investigating the parents of a 40-day-old girl, who were accused on trying to sell the baby on eBay, according to Fox News.

Police raided the couple's apartment, obtaining evidence that the posting had been made from their internet connection. Other members of the family also reportedly had access to the connection, police said.

The price listed for the infant was $5,500. The parents, who police described as refugees, were taken into custody on suspicion of human trafficking.

Sources: AP via WABC, Independent, Greenville Sun, Fox News (2) / Photo credit: Oleg Sidorenko/Flickr

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