May 16, 2013

Stephanie Redus - Pregnant Woman Puts Toddler Son Up For Adoption On Craigslist

Houston, Texas (The Weekly Vice) - Stephanie Redus, a 29-year-old Huffman woman, has been jailed after she allegedly posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a person who could adopt her toddler son.

According to Houston Police, Redus posted the ad on May 1st, stating that she couldn't properly care for her son and was "desperate" to find someone who could.

The message Redus posted is as follows:

"Hi, I am trying to adopt out my three-year-old son. I'm not in a good place in my life and I don't feel like I can care for him properly, but I don't know where to start. If you or know anyone who is interested in caring for him please let me know. I'm a single mom and can't do this. 

Thanks, Desperate."

An officer found the posted ad and responded to it posing as an interested party. Redus reportedly wrote back and explained that she was looking for someone to adopt her child because she is currently pregnant an unable to take medication that treats her depression and anxiety.

Investigators obtained a subpeona for the website and identified Redus as the person who posted the ad.

During a police interview, Redus admitted to placing the ad but stated that she never intended to go through with it.

She claimed to have spoken with one other interested party. During the conversation she asked the respondent if he/she had any other children and requested that they send her pictures of their home.

Redus was booked into jail and charged with misdemeanor advertising for placement of a child. She was freed after posting $1,000 bail.

The child was taken into protective custody and then placed with his father.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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