A woman in Kentucky is accused of trying to sell her newborn baby to two different people and reportedly sought as much as $5,000 for the girl.
Information in an arrest citation indicates that 24-year-old Leeanna Brown, of Elizabethtown, Ky., told her cousin she would give her the child in exchange for money to pay Brown's fines and court costs, according to WAVE.
WDRB reports that the cousin reportedly went to police when Brown wanted the baby back, saying she was trying to collect enough money to pay court fines and attorney fees from prior convictions.
“It’s bizarre,” said Elizabethtown Police Officer Virgil Willoughby. “You can’t just arbitrarily make a decision I’m going to give this child to person A, B, or C and take money in exchange for that. No. You can’t do that.”
The arrest citation also notes that the other person to whom Brown tried to sell her baby has temporary guardianship of two more of Brown's children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old. It was also discovered that a different couple had custody of Brown’s 1-year-old child and had been caring for the child for the last seven months.
Child Protective Services took emergency custody of all three children.
Brown was being held at the Hardin County Detention Center and her bond was set at $2,500.
WDRB also reported that it obtained records revealing Brown has been convicted of check fraud, shoplifting, and most recently possession of a controlled substance.