POSTED: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 6:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Kentucky couple pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that they traded their truck for a baby.
Husband and wife Jeremy and Jamiee Brown are accused of trading their 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck with the mother of a newborn baby boy, Heather Kaminsky.
"It sounds outlandish; it really does," admits Lt. Rodney Van Zant of the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators say Kaminskey, a 30-year-old from Corbin, is also wanted on methamphatimine charges.
Deputies say she was living in Florida, and Social Services there had already taken two children from her.
"She fled to Kentucky to have the child and avoid that child being taken by Social Services," says Lt. Van Zant.
Investigators say the trade happened in January, not long after Kaminsky gave birth.
Since then, the baby boy, now 6-months-old, was raised at Kaminsky's childhood friend Jaimee Brown's home..
"I honestly believe they had the best intentions," says Lt. Van Zant. "But the way they went about it was the wrong way."
Investigators say Kaminsky eventually sold the truck for $800 and meth.
The Browns face human trafficking charges and up to 20 years in jail if convicted.
Investigators say the baby boy shows no signs of abuse, and is with Social Services.
Authorities are working with Florida police to find Kaminsky.