Proving that reprobates can usually find a way to adapt modern technology to their own devices while, at the same time, most of them aren’t all that smart, an Oklahoma woman was recently arrested for attempting to sell her children on Facebook.
Misty VanHorn, 22, of Sallisaw, Okla., was nabbed late last week for attempting to sell her 10-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son on Facebook, according to The Sequoyah County Times. She is being held on $40,000 bail.
After posting a number of offers on Facebook, VanHorn, shown above, made contact over the social media network with a woman in nearby Fort Smith, Ark., and offered to sell the 10-month old for $1,000, according to the blog The Social Graf.
One Facebook message sent by VanHorn to the prospective buyer in Arkansas stated: “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 blog added.
VanHorn also offered to sell both children together for $4,000. She apparently was not in the mood to offer a package discount.
VanHorn told the Arkansas woman that she needed the money to get her boyfriend out of jail, according to The Sequoyah County Times.
The woman in Arkansas apparently alerted the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, which then contacted local law enforcement. VanHorn is expected to be charged with trafficking in children, according to The Sequoyah County Times.
VanHorn would seem to have impeccable credentials as a parent. An acquaintance who sometimes took care of her children for “weeks at a time,” said that she has also reported her to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Her two children were placed in the care of the Department of Human Services, police said.
When authorities questioned VanHorn, she initially denied the allegation, but later told police, “I did have a friend I spoke to about selling them,” the newspaper reported.
It added that, “When … asked if she was going to sell her babies to get (her boyfriend) out of jail she stated she ‘only needed a thousand of it to get him out of jail.’”
The remainder, no doubt, was going to be used to pay down college debt.
And one imagines the good folks at the University of Oklahoma are just thrilled about having their school’s name splashed across VanHorn’s mugshot.
(HT: Carpe Diem)