Hancock Co. mom arrested, accused of selling baby on Craigslist
Investigators said Bobbie Stojic, 23, offered to sell her baby boy to a Louisiana woman for $5,000. (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
A Hancock County woman is out on bond after being arrested for allegedly trying to sell her 4-month-old baby boy. Investigators said Bobbie Stojic, 23, offered to sell her baby boy to a Louisiana woman for $5,000.
This case marked a first for the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and sent shock-waves through the community.
"Miss Stojic had posted an ISO, 'In Search of,' on Craigslist for baby clothes. She was contacted by a young lady over in Louisiana. A relationship had been built between Miss Stojic and the individual over in Louisiana," said Investigator Brandon Normand, with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators said the two began to text each other and at some point Stojic mentioned she was having financial difficulties and faced possible eviction from her home.
"The young lady over in Louisiana had mentioned to Miss Stojic that if she needed assistance during her eviction process that she would offer assistance for the care of her 4-month-old.
Miss Stojic had replied to her at some point and time... 'Well, for $5,000 you can have the child. Come and get him,'" said Normand.
Investigators said the Louisiana woman replied via text, "If you're interested in relinquishing your parental rights, it would need to go through the legal adoption process."
"Miss Stojac replied she was not interested in the legal adoption process, that she could take $600 now and they could work out the rest of the money later," according to Normand.
The 4-month-old infant is now in DHS custody. But it might surprise you to know selling a child only recently became illegal in Mississippi. The Offering To Sell A Child bill, a felony, went into affect July 2009.
"We deplore the thought that a mother would sell her own child," said Terry Latham, Executive Director of Hope Haven Children's Services.
He said there is no reason for a parent to even consider putting a price tag on a child.
"In a situation where you come to a financial stand still, and you can no longer take care of yourself and take care of that child, go to the hospital. That's a place of safety where you can leave a child. Call DHS, call Hope Haven, call the youth court, call law enforcement. There are absolutely a ton of people in Hancock County, or any other county, that can work with you," said Latham.
Sheriff's officials said Stojac denies she attempted to sell her infant. The case will now be turned over to a Hancock County grand jury. If convicted, Stojac could face up to ten years in prison.