Woman accused of trying to sell her baby through classified ad
POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 11:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Dallas woman accused of trying to sell her baby through a classified ad said in a jailhouse interview Monday that she was trying to find an adoptive family for her son.
Brittany Hill, 26, was arrested Friday on suspicion of child abandonment after apartment managers found the 4 month old baby alone in her apartment.
A woman had earlier called 911 about the classified ad offering the baby for sale.
She told police that she was going to buy the child but got cold feet.
But Hill said Monday that she was not trying to sell her son.
"I know that's illegal," she said. "I'm not stupid -- that's called, like, black-market-something. I've read up about it; I know."
Hill said she posted the ad but just wanted to cover the cost of hiring an attorney to handle the adoption process.
"Look deeper into it instead of just being like, 'OK, that's what it is. She's trying to sell her child -- screw that,' you know. It's not like that," she said.
Hill said she cannot afford a good life for her son so she decided to place the ad to help get him adopted. She said she hoped to raise her third child until she ran into financial trouble.
"This time, everything was going great -- I mean, fine -- and then we just hit this loophole where it was just like a bomb went off," she said.
Hill said she has given birth to three boys.
Her mother has guardianship of her first child, she said.
She said her second son was adopted in 2009 through an adoption agency.
"I will never have any more children," she said. "If I could have had a hysterectomy, I would have done it a long time ago."
The 4-month-old boy, Eden, is in foster care.
"I would love my son back," Hill said. "I miss my son."
Hill is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $50,000 bail.