Mom faces charges after selling baby to buy car

Published: November 10, 2010
The mother and the grandmother were  arrested last week.

The mother and the grandmother were arrested last week.

MIAMI: A Florida woman was charged with trying to sell her infant son in order to pay for a new car, police said on Tuesday.

The baby’s grandmother brokered the deal and initially demanded $75,000 but agreed to cut the price to $30,000 when told the prospective buyer could not get a bank loan, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said.

The mother of the eight-week-old boy, Stephanie Bigbee Fleming, 22, of Bradenton, Florida, was to receive $9,000 of the proceeds, the FDLE said.

“Fleming planned to purchase a new vehicle from the money received,” an FDLE spokeswoman said.

Fleming also needed money to pay court costs for an unrelated probation violation, the arrest documents said.

Fleming was arrested on Tuesday. The grandmother, Patty Bigbee, 45, was arrested last week with her boyfriend Lawrence Works, 42, both of Holly Hill, Florida. All three were charged with the illegal sale of a child, and Bigbee was also charged with communications fraud, the department said.

The arrest report said Bigbee offered to sell the baby to a female relative in October, explaining she had been caring for her grandchild but “was not mother material.”

The relative alerted police and worked with them during the negotiations. Bigbee and Works were arrested when they collected a $30,000 cashier’s check and handed over the baby to an undercover agent in a Daytona Beach parking lot, police said.

The baby remains in state custody.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Nov 10, 2010 - 11:55AM

    this is called passion for car at any cost.Recommend

  • dumb
    Nov 10, 2010 - 12:34PM

    ….uhhh…and we are the terrorists? no wait….i have a better one..uhhhh…and we are illiterate? Recommend

  • Henna Khan
    Nov 10, 2010 - 3:14PM

    I’m not being judgmental, but first a 22 year old American mother murdered her baby coz the baby was crying and disturbing her while she was playing Farmville and now this. It seems to me that US of A should pass a bill and decide on a suitable age for the women to become mothers. Recommend

  • Aid
    Nov 10, 2010 - 7:57PM

    Well, you get wackos in each and every country. no need to be so judgmental.Recommend

  • Marium Kaludi
    Nov 10, 2010 - 9:20PM

    @ Aid:
    Exactly!! Then why be judgemental about the wackos in Pakistan? And call ‘Pakistanis’ terrorists?!Recommend

  • Faisal W
    Nov 11, 2010 - 11:27AM

    hope it wasn’t an amercian carRecommend

  • shy
    Nov 11, 2010 - 6:57PM

    Materialistic peoples. Recommend

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