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Tuesday
Nov092010

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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