October 16, 2011

Anna Riggs - Jailed After Selling 4-Month-Old Baby To Drug Dealing Couple For $13,000

San Diego, California (The Weekly Vice) - Anna Riggs, a 26-year-old Indiana woman, was jailed after she allegedly sold her 4-month-old child to drug dealers in exchange for drugs and money.

According to the Howard County Sheriff's Office, Riggs and her husband, Brandon Riggs, reportedly sold their child to Stephen and Melissa Lynch, and Indiana couple who is also their meth dealer.

Riggs allegedly traded her child for $13,000 in cash, a car worth approximately $3,531, and numerous drugs. The agreed upon drugs included OxyContin, oxycodone, morphine sulfate, Xanax and methadone.

The Riggs were both known addicts, and the child was reportedly born addicted to methadone.

Investigators say detectives were alerted to the incident when the Lynch family filed a petition for adoption in March 2011. No background check or home study had been scheduled for the family, which is normally part of a legal adoption process.

The drug and money transactions had been going since Mr. and Mrs. Lynch took unofficial custody of the child in October of 2009. Mr. and Mrs Riggs continued to receive food stamp benefits for the child although they no longer had custody. The child, who is now two, was placed in the care of Child Protective Services.

Mrs. Riggs was apprehended by San Deigo police. She was visiting a family member when officers received a tip that she was visiting a relative in the area. Officers do not believe she was eluding prosecution in Indiana.

Anna Riggs was booked into a San Diego jail and charged with conspiracy to deal in a narcotic, conspiracy to commit child selling, profiting from an adoption, and welfare fraud. She is awaiting extradition to Howard County, Indiana.

Brandon Riggs, who was already incarcerated in Cass County Indiana on unrelated drug charges, now faces the same charges as Anna Riggs.

Mr. and Mrs. Lynch were charged with conspiracy to deal in a narcotic, conspiracy to commit child selling, and profiting from an adoption. Stephen Lynch was booked into the Howard County Jail on $75,000 bail. Melissa Lynch has not been arrested.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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