A pregnant Texas mother with a 3-year-old son was “not in a good place” in her life and felt like she couldn’t care for her son. Not knowing what else to do, the woman posted an ad on Craigslist to “adopt out” the boy.
The ad posted by 29-year-old Stephanie Redus of Huffman, Texas, according to KTRK, read:
Hi, I’m trying to adopt out my 3yr old son. I’m not in a good place in my life and don’t feel like I can care for him properly but I don’t know where to start. If you or know anyone who is interested in caring for him, please let me know. I’m a single mom and can’t do this.
Child Protective Services became aware of the post and Redus was arrested and will face charges, according to prosecutors. But just what charges might be difficult to assess. Advertising a child in general is a misdemeanor, but KTRK reported the charges could be upgraded.
“If you’re putting it on Craigslist, anybody — the highest bidder or whoever the mother deems appropriate to give the child to — that’s where the kid goes,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney David Abrams told KTRK. “There’s no government regulation on it.”
“New technology, the Internet, is creating these types of cases that we have to deal with now,” Abrams said.
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When Redus was taken into custody, she told police she was depressed and has anxiety but couldn’t take medication due to her pregnancy. She also admitted to posting the Craigslist ad and authorities found record of it on her cellphone.
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