Mom Tries to Sell Son for $2K

Needless to say, Jessica Marie Beers has been arrested
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2011 12:27 PM CDT
Mom Jessica Marie Beers Arrested After Trying to Sell 5-Year-Old Son for $2,000
A Florida mom is in custody after attempting to sell her son for $2,000.   (©stevendepolo)

A 29-year-old Florida woman is in custody after offering to sell her 5-year-old son to another couple for $2,000. James Gardner and his wife befriended Jessica Marie Beers in church, and since she was struggling with money, they started covering some expenses and food for Beers and her son. But Beers began leaving her son with the Gardners more often, and the couple realized she was addicted to prescription drugs, ABC Action News reports. Then Beers made the offer to the Gardners.

Gardner reported the offer to the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, and detectives arrested Beers at a prearranged location where she was planning to hand over the boy to Gardner. She admitted her plan to the authorities, but wouldn’t say why she was doing it; the Gardners believe she wanted the money for more drugs. Beers is charged with crimes including sale of parental rights, and the boy is with child protection investigators. (Click for another recent baby-for-sale scheme.)

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