We’ve heard plenty about the booty calls and vow-damning affairs, and read details on the sordid murder-for-hire plots that unfold on social media. But of all the wretched misuses of it, this one has got to be a frontrunner. A 22-year-old Oklahoma mom has been arrested for allegedly contacting a woman in Arkansas and trying to sell her two children to her on Facebook. Geez.
Misty Van Horn, who has a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, reportedly set the going price for the toddler at $1,000 or both of them for $4,000. (I guess infants are pulling more in the Facebook baby black market.) That’s bad enough. But she’s accused of soliciting the illegal sale of her two children to raise the money to bail her boyfriend out of jail. That’s even worse.
Boyfriend. Babies. Boyfriend. Babies. That priority face-off is typically a no-brainer for most moms. Thankfully, the woman who claims she was propositioned informed the state’s Department of Human Services, who then contacted police. Otherwise, heaven only knows where those poor kids could’ve ended up. A woman desperate enough to try to hock her kids on Facebook is probably not splitting hairs about the quality of the customer.
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In the ironies of ironies, Van Horn was locked up on $40,000 bond. Guess no one she knows was willing to put their babies up to get her out.
There have been a gajillion studies and critiques done about how social media affects our relationships. But, just in general, it also makes it easier for folks who are already having bad thoughts to actually act them out. The news is proof positive these days, no?
Have you had a bad experience that made you pull off of social media?