CHARLESTON, West Virginia – A mother sat in jail on Friday as a woman accused of trying to sell her 5-month-old son for $10,000 to get money for a new apartment.
Rebecca Sue Taylor, 19, offered to sell her baby to another woman identified as Leigh Burr after saying she was unable to bond with the infant and needed money for a new apartment, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Burr said Taylor later cut the asking price to $5,000.
The women had been talking about Taylor serving as a possible surrogate mother for Burr when Taylor offered to sell her the baby she already had, police said in the criminal complaint.
Charleston Police Sgt. E. L. Hodges said Burr reported the offer to police on Sunday. Taylor was arrested Wednesday.
Hodges said the child is in state custody. He said he did not know anything about the baby's father.
Hodges said the two women were acquaintances, but he did not know the extent of their relationship. He also said he did not know anything about Taylor's financial situation or whether she was employed.
Burr does not have a published phone number and could not be reached for comment Friday.
Taylor was being held Friday at South Central Regional Jail with bond set at $2,500. She has asked for a court-appointed attorney, though one has not yet been appointed, officials said.
A felony charge of offering the purchase or sale of a child carries a fine of $100 to $2,000 and one to five years in prison.