Two Women Charged With Buying, Selling Baby

November 12, 2011 by staff 

Two Women Charged With Buying, Selling Baby, Two Abilene women were arrested and charged Thursday for their alleged involvement in the buying and selling of a 7-week-old infant, police said late Thursday night.

Sgt. Lynn Beard of the Abilene Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons unit said in a statement that the department received information Thursday about the transaction, which allegedly took place in late September. A baby was reportedly was sold by its mother for $2,000.

According to Beard, the women entered into a sort of “installment plan” agreement for the sale of the baby. Beard said some of the scheduled payments had been made.

Beard did not say what gender the baby is.

Joana Delacruz Huerta, 29, the mother of the child involved, was taken to the Abilene/Taylor County Law Enforcement Center Thursday for questioning. Her interview led to a search warrant, which Beard said was executed on a home in the 700 block of Elm Street.

The baby was taken into protective custody, and later released to Child Protective Services, Beard said.

Huerta, and Marilu Munoz, 27, the woman who allegedly purchased the baby, were arrested Thursday night and charged with the sale or purchase of an infant, which is a third-degree felony.

If convicted, both women face a potential sentence of two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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