News/US: Woman Arrested for Selling Grandson

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Subject: News/US: Woman Arrested for Selling Grandson
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Oct 26 1999 - 09:53:17 EDT


                  Woman Arrested for Selling Grandson

   BLOOMFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A woman jailed Thursday on charges of selling
her infant grandson for $20 says it was an informal adoption.
   Police, meanwhile, continued searching for the child's 16-year-old
mother, two teen-age friends and the child's great-grandmother, Mary Ackers
of St. Louis, who allegedly made the arrangements.
   The grandmother, Cathy L. Adams, 39, was arraigned Thursday on a felony
charge of trafficking in children. Police said she had handed 3-week-old
Michael over to a couple from Wardell, Mo., on Sunday.
   Police said there was a questionable document transferring custody of
the child, and the couple told officers that the $20 they gave Adams on
Sunday was for gasoline, not the baby.
   No charges had been filed against the couple Thursday.
   The infant was in state custody.


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