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Florida Grandmother Pleads No Contest to Attempted Sale of Grandson

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(HOLLY HILL, Fla.) -- A Holly Hill, Fla., grandmother accused of trying to sell her newborn grandson last year, pleaded no contest Thursday to two felony charges of illegal sale of a child and using a cell phone to commit a crime.

Patty Bigbee tried to sell her infant grandson for $75,000, Keith Kameg of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told ABC News.

"The parameters of the case are very unique," Kameg said. "In terms of a baby sale, it's very rare and not something you encounter every day, thank goodness."

The Missouri Lottery confirmed that in 2008, Patty Bigbee won a $1 million lottery prize in Hazelwood, Mo. Reports are that Bigbee blew through the money in two years and became desperate for money.

Bigbee tried to sell her grandson to her estranged daughter, Danielle Skiver, who she had given up for adoption in 1983, according to affidavits, which described the case panning out as follows:

Bigbee initially reached out to Skiver over Facebook and began a relationship over the social networking site.

Skiver discussed with her mother her desire to have more children. After Bigbee told Skiver she had a grandchild who had been abandoned by her other daughter, Stephanie Bigbee Fleming, 22, Skiver agreed to adopt the child.

Skiver said there was no initial communication about money for the child, but after she agreed to adopt Bigbee asked her for a fee of $75,000.

Skiver subsequently contacted authorities and agreed to cooperate with police in a sting operation of Bigbee's the sale of the child.

Skiver and her husband, Guy, released a statement to ABC News expressing their relief that Bigbee finally made a plea.

"We are very pleased that Patty finally made the right choice to admit her guilt," the statement read. "We will be speaking at her sentencing on August 11 and hope that justice prevails and that she serves all 10 years that she is facing. We all love [the baby] very much and we see him as much as allowed and pray that one day he will join our family. We are not allowed to speak on any court proceedings."

Last year, the baby boy was put into the care of the state Department of Children and Families.

Patty Bigbee's sentencing has been set for Aug. 11.

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Cops: Mom Was in on Plot to Sell Baby for $75K

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BRADENTON, Fla.) -- The mother of an eight-month-old Florida boy whose grandmother is accused of trying to sell him was allegedly also in on the plot, hoping to get a new car with the money, police said Tuesday.

Stephanie Bigbee Fleming, 22, of Bradenton, Fla., was charged Tuesday with one count of being a principal to the illegal sale or surrender of a child. She was held on $50,000 bond.

Fleming, who was already in jail on unrelated charges, is currently being held in the Manatee County Jail.

Fleming's mother, Patty Bigbee, 45, of Holly Hill, Fla., was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of trying to sell her grandson for $75,000.

Police said the only motive in the attempted baby sale was money.

"They obviously had a lack of humanity," Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Wayne Ivey said. "They were going to sell this baby and take the proceeds to buy cars and other goods that they felt they needed to live their life."

Fleming and the little boy's father reportedly discussed having more children to also put them up for sale, police said.

Bigbee had tracked down another of her daughters, whom she had given up for adoption, and approached the daughter about taking Bigbee's grandson. Bigbee said she could no longer care for the boy, Ivey said at a news conference Tuesday. When Bigbee allegedly started asking the woman for money in exchange for the child, the daughter contacted police, according to the FDLE. Bigbee allegedly first asked for $75,000, but eventually said she was willing to take $30,000 for the little boy, police said. The two met Friday afternoon in Daytona Beach to complete the transaction, according to the FDLE.

After the child and money changed hands in a parking lot near the Daytona Speedway, police arrested Bigbee, charging her with the illegal sale or surrender of a child and communication fraud.

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Grandma Caught Trying to Sell Baby Grandson

Photo Courtesy - WFTV 9 Orlando(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida grandmother is under arrest for allegedly trying to sell her grandson.

Patty Bigbee, 45, and her boyfriend, 42-year-old Lawrence Works, were taken into custody Friday after police say the pair was ready to hand over the 8-month-old child to a police informant.

The couple last month offered to sell the boy for $75,000 before allegedly agreeing to sell the infant for $30,000.

At court appearances Saturday, Bigbee’s bond was set at $100,000, while Works’ bond was set at $50,000.

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