Sunday, November 7, 2010

"ILLEGALLY" Selling a Baby: The Result of Privatized Adoption Commodifying Children

Cops: Grandma Tried to Sell Baby for $75K

A Holly Hill, Fla., grandmother who is accused of trying to sell her 8-week-old grandson was held on $100,000 bond today.A Florida woman is accused of trying to sell her 8-month-old grandson.

Patty Bigbee, 45, who was arrested Friday afternoon, allegedly approached someone in October and offered to sell the baby boy for $75,000. That person contacted police about the alleged offer and acted as a confidential informant.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Bigbee and the would-be buyer haggled over the price and finally agreed on $30,000.

The two met Friday afternoon in Daytona Beach to complete the transaction, according to the FDLE.
After the child and money changed hands in a parking lot near the Daytona Speedway, police arrested the woman.

Bigbee was charged with illegal sale or surrender of a child and communication fraud.

ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando tried to get a comment from Bigbee as she was taken to the Volusia County Jail Friday night, but she didn't answer questions.

Bigbee's 42-year-old boyfriend, Lawrence Works, was also arrested and charged with being a principal to the illegal sale or surrender of a child. He made his first appearance this morning and his bond was set at $50,000.

The baby boy was put into the care of the state Department of Children and Families. The boy's mother, Stephannie Bigbee-Davis, is in jail on unrelated charges.

"When you look at this where the grandmother was willing to sell her own grandchild obviously to some degree for profit, it's appalling," FDLE Special Agent Wayne Ivey said.

Sources told WFTV that investigators believe Bigbee has been involved before in transactions involving children and in extortion plots. 

"Couldn't believe it," said Sandra Wells, one of Bigbee's neighbors. "I thought they must be in some kind of trouble and that's why they had to get rid of the baby and they couldn't keep it."


The were reportedly charged with "illegally selling a baby" - cause apparently baby selling is only legal when done by an industry member!


Von said...

Nothing new under the sun hey?

Mirah Riben said...

As somone commented re this on Facebook:

"When you look at this where the grandmother was willing to sell her own grandchild obviously to some degree for profit, it's appalling," FDLE Special Agent Wayne Ivey said." But it's okay when an agency does it, natch."

YUP! When it's done legally all the time...why not think you can do-it-yourself?

Anonymous said...

Ya, it's really twisted when government agencies and private companies can sell children and falsify their birth certificates, but when normal Joe-Smoes do it, it's considered horrible.

I want to know why average Joe's who do this serve hard time in Federal prison while adoption agencies, government agencies, lawyers, judges, and vital records employees do this happily every day and get paid heavily to do it.

Adoption in this country needs a serious overhaul. If Obama has any balls, he will make an executive order to remove all profit from adoptions and send all the government funding to family resource centers and food programs so struggling parents can keep their children.

Mirah Riben said...

Someone wrote to me who heard it on the news in Florida and the reporter said they were charged with "Illegally selling a baby"!! ROFL!! It's only legal when it's done by an industry member!!

Obama just signed a proclamation applauding more adoptions and INCREASED the tax credit! No president ever has had the balls to stop it, and none ever will. This is the USA!! CAPITALISM RULES!! Money talks!

Robin said...

I think adoption rules because we still have a puritanical ethic in this culture that children are better off with married couples (even if they aren't related to the child) than those horrid single mothers.

Mirah Riben said...

Ya know, Robin, I was able to swallow that once. It even got me to sign the dreaded papers.

But today that can no longer be said as singles adopt...gays adopt...bottom line is anyone with MONEY can adopt!! It's no longer about any morality, or a Mommy & Daddy. Financially stable single moms are perfectly acceptable! It's all about the dough ray meee...

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