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Texas woman demands to purchase Walmart shopper's infant for $500,000: Police

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Authorities arrested a Texas woman after she reportedly offered to pay $500,000 for a Walmart shopper's infant son, according to reports.

What are the details?

Police say that 49-year-old Rebecca Lanette Taylor was arrested and charged with the sale and purchase of a child — a third-degree felony — KETK-TV reported.

An arrest affidavit obtained by the station explained that the unnamed child was with his mother in the self-checkout lane at a Crockett, Texas, Walmart last week when Taylor and another woman approached the two and "began commenting on [the woman's] son's blonde hair and blue eyes."

"She asked how much she could purchase him for," the document stated. "(The mom) tried to laugh this comment off, thinking Taylor was joking. Taylor told her that she had $250,000 in the car and she would pay that much for him. (The mom) told her no amount of money would do."

The second woman, who remains unnamed at the time of this reporting, began asking the child's name.

The child's mother, who also remains unnamed at this time, declined to tell them her son's name and attempted to leave without further incident.

The women were said to follow the mother and child to their car, which was waiting in the parking lot, where they continued to pester her about purchasing the child.

"Taylor began screaming at (the mom), saying if she wouldn't take $250,000 for him, then she would give her $500,000 because she wanted him and she was going to take him," the document continued.

The mother was able to secure her child in the car and safely locked herself inside.

Taylor and the other woman then got into a black SUV and simply left the scene without further incident.

Surveillance video, according to the station, recorded the exchange, and police were able to issue a warrant for Taylor's arrest.

Police said that they visited Taylor at her home and noted that she told investigators that she "doesn't like thieves."

“She [said] that she doesn’t like thieves, then she stated I could speak with her attorney and to get off her ‘precipice.’ She slammed the door shut,” police said in the arrest report.

She was quickly taken into custody without incident.

Taylor is being held at the Houston County Jail on a $50,000 bond at the time of this reporting.

The station reports that if convicted on all charges, Taylor could "be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years."

"In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000," the station added.

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