April 26, 2009
Charleston, West Virginia (The Weekly Vice) -- Rebecca Sue Taylor, a 19-year-old Charleston woman was charged Wednesday with trying to sell her 5-month-old son for rent money.
According to police, Taylor offered to sell her baby to another woman - identified as Leigh Burr - for $10,000.
Investigators say Taylor told the woman she wasn't able to bond with the baby and needed the money to buy a new apartment. When the woman didn't take the deal, Taylor allegedly dropped her price to $5,000.
The two women had allegedly talked about Taylor serving as a surrogate mother for Burr when the alleged offer was made. Police became aware of the plot when Burr went to police, according to Charleston Police Sgt E.L. Hodges.
Taylor was booked into the South Central Regional Jail on a charge of offering the purchase or sale of a child. Bond in her case was set at $2,500.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Hold the presses. $2,500 bond? Really? Is the legal system out in Charleston so mangled that a woman can sell a child and yet walk out of jail on a pathetic $2,500 bond?
Why not let her out with a new pair of shoes and a cherry Lime-Aid while you're at it?
The Weekly Vice
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