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Oct052011

Woman Allegedly Sold Newborn for $15K

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW CASTLE, Del.) -- A Delaware mother of three is charged with trying to sell her newborn son for $15,000 because she didn't want another child and wanted to go to Disney World, according to police.

Bridget Wismer, 33, allegedly agreed to give her infant son to John Gavaghan, 54, of Philadelphia who would falsely sign the birth certificate as the father and then raise the child as his own. Wismer's grandmother first alerted police to the scheme, according to New Castle, Del., police documents.

Both subjects are charged with "dealing in children" and second degree conspiracy and face up to seven years in prison.

Wismer, who is unemployed and lives with her mother, told ABC affiliate WPVI Tuesday that the charges were all a big misunderstanding and no crime had taken place. She said Gavaghan is an old friend who was trying to help her with her three children.

But police say they found multiple contract-like documents in Gavaghan's home that spell out a payment schedule for the sale.

In a signed affidavit obtained by ABC News from New Castle County Court, police state that Wismer's grandmother contacted them, to report that Wismer had sold her newborn child to a gay couple for $15,000 because she did not want the child and wanted to go to Disney World. According to the document, the two arranged the deal in August for an expected Sept. 11 delivery, though the baby was actually born on Aug. 31.

Police obtained video surveillance from nearby Delaware Park Racetrack which shows Gavaghan signing documents pertaining to the sale of the baby and providing a female with cash and a money order four days after the child's birth.

When questioned, Gavaghan allegedly admitted to the agreement and told police that he placed his name on the birth certificate despite never having sex with Wismer.

In a later interview, Wismer also admitted to the agreement, according to the documents.
Wismer was released on $1,500 bond and Gavaghan was released on $7,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the victim. The child is currently in foster care.

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