Cops: Florida Woman Tried to Sell Grandson for $30K

She and boyfriend are charged in scheme
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2010 2:09 PM CDT
This undated image provided by the Volusia County Sheriff shows the booking photo for Patty Bigbee.   ((AP Photo/Volusia County Sheriff))
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(Newser) – A Florida woman and her boyfriend have been charged with trying to sell her infant grandson for $30,000. Cops arrested 45-year-old Patty Bigbee and 42-year-old Lawrence Works yesterday in Daytona Beach after they met with an agent posing as a buyer. Both were charged with illegal sale or surrender of a child, and Bigbee was also charged with communication fraud.

Authorities said an investigation began last month after an informant told them the woman was trying to sell the baby. She reportedly wanted $75,000 but was talked down to $30,000. The child's mother is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges, and the infant has been turned over to child welfare officials.

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