Mother tries to sell kids on Facebook for $4000
Mugshot: Misty VanHorn.
Here's a quick parenting tip: it's not OK to offer to sell your children on Facebook, even if you really need the money.
Misty VanHorn, a 22-year old mother of two in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, found that out the hard way over the weekend.
VanHorn was arrested on Saturday for the alleged trafficking of minors on Facebook – offering her 10-month old and her 2 year-old for $US4000 ($3890).
According to the police report, VanHorn offered her children several times on the social network – offering the 10-month old girl for $US1000 ($972), or both of them for $US4000. And she had a taker.
Police believe VanHorn wanted the $US1000 to bail her boyfriend out of jail.
VanHorn was dealing with a woman in Fort Smith, Arkansas, according to The Oklahoman. This means she could be charged with a federal crime because the act would have crossed state borders.
"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 $1000," read VanHorn's Facebook message to the Fort Smith woman, as unearthed in the police report by the Daily Dot.
She is being held on a $US40,000 ($38,900) bond. The children are in the custody of the state's department of human services, which alerted the police in the first place.
A word of caution for anyone rushing to Facebook to find the alleged perpetrator: there are multiple Misty VanHorns on the social network. Two of them live in Oklahoma. One looks similar to the mugshot released by the Sequoyah County Police Department, but does not appear to live in VanHorn's town, Sallisaw.
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