There are bad parents and then there is the couple in Indiana who tried to sell their baby to a convicted child molester for $300. And when I say "parents," I use that term lightly as these people barely qualify for the distinction.
It's unclear whether the baby was born or not, but to me it's the $300 that stands out most in this egregious and horrifying story. Is that the going rate for a human life and her happiness?
Police say 36-year-old Rose Faucett and 58-year-old Phillip A. Hester agreed to sell their daughter to 57-year-old Michael S. Overby, a convicted child molester, and his sister-in-law, 50-year-old Debbie Overby, who has been convicted of child neglect.
This is so sick, there aren't even words.
If you don't want a baby and you feel the need to give it up, there are thousands of people all over the country who would gladly take her. Even if you were seedy and needed cash, you could sell your baby to a wealthy but reputable couple who just wanted to circumvent the difficulty of legal adoption. Certainly I'm not advocating for this, but it seems like these people went out of their way to give their daughter the worst possible life.
As the daughter of a child molester and a woman convicted of child neglect, what would have happened to her? It makes me sick to even think about it. What kind of people even contemplate this as an option?
And the kicker for me is the $300. It just seems so low. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing RIGHT about this story at all. Selling babies is despicable no matter who you're selling them to, but what these "parents" were willing to do for $300 gives me the chills.
For the price of a cute dress, these pieces of crap were willing to subject their daughter to a lifetime of neglect, abuse, and unhappiness. They were basically willing to potentially destroy her happiness and not care.
To me, that is the worst part of all.
They deserve far more punishment than they will likely receive.
What do you think of this story?
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