A Kentucky mother allegedly traded her newborn baby to a couple for a pickup truck, which she then sold for cash and methamphetamine.
WKRC reports that Heather Kaminskey of Corbin is on the run and is also wanted on separate methamphetamine charges. Kaminskey was living in Florida and had already lost custody of two of her children, who were removed by social services workers due to her drug addiction.
When the 30-year-old was about to give birth to another child, she fled north to her home state.
"She had fled to Kentucky to have the child and to avoid that child being taken by social services," Laurel County Lt. Rodney Van Zant told WKRC.
Kaminskey gave birth in January. She then traded her newborn son to Jaimee Brown, a childhood friend, and her husband Jeremy for a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. Kaminskey then allegedly sold the truck for $800 and some meth.
Richard Haas, a friend of the Browns, defended their actions.
"That baby is in the best shape," he told WKRC. "I know the mother. She's a drug addict. So they did the best thing."
Law enforcement authorities thought otherwise. They arrested the Browns, who have been charged with human trafficking. If convicted, they face up to 20 years behind bars.
The baby boy, who is now six months old, has been placed in protective custody.
The story is similar to the case of Anna Riggs, an Indiana mother who was arrested and charged with selling her four-month-old baby to San Diego drug dealers for $13,000 and drugs last October.