Mom jailed for allegedly trying to sell her kids on Facebook

13 Mar 2013

Misty VanHorn's mug shot. Image via Sallisaw Police

In an attempt to raise money to bail her boyfriend out of jail, a 22-year-old woman in the US has allegedly tried to sell her two youngsters for up to US$5,000 (€3,900) on Facebook.

Police arrested Misty VanHorn of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, for allegedly seeking US$1,000 (€773) for her four-year-old daughter or US$4,000 (€3,091) for the toddler and her 10-month-old child.

Police said the woman tried to sell her kids to a woman in Fort Smith, Arkansas, via the social networking site.

“Just come to Sallisaw, it’s only 30 minutes away and I’ll give you all of her stuff and let y’all have her forever for $1,000,” the mom allegedly wrote via Facebook.

The Fort Smith woman, concerned about the children’s welfare, contacted the Oklahoma Department of Human Services last week, who in turn notified Sallisaw Police, the New York Daily News reported.

The mom, now in jail herself on a complaint of trafficking children, is being held on a US$40,000 (€30,911) bond.

VanHorn’s neighbours have said she had been going door-to-door trying for days to raise the US$1,000 bond to spring her partner of out jail.

The State has now taken custody of the children.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic