October 05, 2011

Bridget Wismer - Jailed After Trading Newborn Baby For $15k Trip To Disney World


New Castle, Delaware (The Weekly Vice) - Bridget Wismer, 33, and John Gavaghan, 54, were jailed after Wismer allegedly sold her newborn baby to Gavaghan for 15k, so that she could take her two sons to Disney World.

According to the New Castle Sheriff's Office, an investigation began after Wismer's grandmother reportedly contacted police and stated that Wismer was planning to sell her newborn son to Gavaghan and his live-in boyfriend for $15,000.

Investigators say Wismer gave birth to her son on August 31st, listing Gavaghan on the birth certificate even though he was not the child's biological father.

In late September, police received another tip alleging that Wismer and Gavaghan had completed the transaction and that Gavaghan had taken the 1-month-old child to his home.

Officers gathered enough evidence to arrest both suspects, including surveillance camera footage from a Delaware casino that showed Gavaghan signing handwritten documents and giving a money order to Wismer.

Investigators located the infant at Gavaghan's residence and placed the child into protective custody. The child is now in foster care.

Court documents allege that Wismer had planned to use the proceeds of the sale to take her two boys to Disney World.

Wismer was booked into jail and charged with felony dealing in children. She was released after posting $750 bail for those charges, as well as $1,575 on an outstanding warrant.

Gavaghan was also booked into jail on charges of felony dealing in children. He was released on $7,000 unsecured bail and ordered to have no contact with the baby.

Wismer's family denied the allegations, stating that Wismer's grandmother was confused and that the entire incident was a "big misunderstanding."


Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice


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