WEST BEND, Wis. – A Missouri woman faces a felony child abduction charge in Wisconsin where she's accused of buying a baby from a couple for $6,000.
A criminal complaint filed Thursday in Washington County says 36-year-old Denise Novotny of Clinton, Mo., received the infant shortly after she was born at Aurora Medical Center in Hartford in December 2004.
The complaint alleges Novotny had the couple sign a surrogate birth contract to disguise the crime.
Washington County Assistant District Attorney Peter Cannon says Novotny has not officially adopted the child or filed a birth certificate. Novotny is also charged with unauthorized adoption.
Cannon declined to say whether the couple that sold the child will face charges. He says the couple didn't initiate the complaint and are not asking for the return of their daughter.