A man in Kingsport, Tennessee is accused of trying to sell his six-year-old daughter to raise bond money to free his jailed girlfriend.
Shawn Wayne Hughes, 32, was charged with illegal payments in connection with placement of a child as well as drug possession. His 27-year-old girlfriend, Jessica April Carey, had been arrested for child abuse and neglect. Carey’s grandmother, who is the great-grandmother of Hughes’ and Carey’s two children, contacted police.
Authorities say while they were at the grandmother’s home, they monitored her conversation with Hughes on speakerphone. He told her that he would sign away custody of his daughter if she gave him $1,500. Police instructed her to take the offer, and arrested him when he arrived.
Hughes isn’t the first to try and swap his kids for cash. In 2011, a woman in Washington was accused of trying to sell her newborn inside a Taco Bell for $500. That same year, a Delaware mother allegedly attempted to sell her infant for $15,000 so she could take her other two kids on a trip to Disney World.