reports the mother placed a classified ad in a newspaper, and listed the price at $4,000. The unnamed mother of the 4 month-old had one prospective buyer, but that person had second thoughts and instead called police.
apartment managers had entered the woman's apartment, attempting to collect back rent, where they found the child in a crib; the mother was gone.
The police turned over the baby to child protective services, and the mother was arrested on child abandonment on her return to the apartment.
Neighbors appear to be stunned and in disbelief at the woman's actions. Neighbor Omara Muhammad was quoted:
"I can't take this," ...... "It's hard to see anybody's child go through something like this. It's not fair."
Another neighbor Latonia Smith said:
"I just think it's a very sad situation, and I'm glad that the baby is safe and away from those people," ......"I saw her when she was pregnant, and she just seemed to be very depressed, always alone sitting on the stairway,"
In Texas, child abuse follows a national pattern, with the National Children's Alliance
reporting 25,174 children receiving services in 2011. Child abandonment is not tallied as a separate category of child abuse on a statewide or national level, Texas statistics
though, showed 500 children being classed as neglected, which includes abandonment.