Mom Attempts to Sell Kids on Facebook

selling kids on facebook

I’ve heard of desperate times calling for desperate measures but this act of desperation has me flabbergasted. In Oklahoma, Misty Van Horn, a mother of a very unfortunate 10-month old and 2-year-old, was arrested and charged with allegedly trafficking minors because she tried to sell her babies on Facebook.

The Oklahoma mother of two (and I use that term loosely) has tried to sell the children several times on Facebook. She’s priced the children at a very reasonable $1,000 for the 10-month old or a package deal of  $4,000 for the 10-month old and the 2-year-old. Obviously, she’s not very bright because everyone knows that babies go for a higher price than toddlers on the black market. Silly,woman.

The scariest part of all was that she actually had a buyer who was more than willing to drive into Sallisaw, Oklahoma from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, pay the low, low bargain price of $1,000 for her 10-month old daughter. Van Horn was so excited at the thought of getting the $1,000 for her child that she sent this message via Facebook to the buyer:

“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!”


What is wrong with this mother? There seemed to be no remorse or trepidation, only the enthusiasm of the sale.

I understand there are a lot of people who are desperate for a child, who can’t have children or lost a child, and after years of trying will do just about anything to fulfill that void. That I understand. I mean really, someone buying these children and taking them away from their less than stellar example of a mother is probably the best thing that could happen to them. They deserve to be wanted and loved and cared for not sold on Facebook or Craigslist like you’d sell your old treadmill.

Currently, Ms. Van Horn is being held on $40,000 bond. That’s 10x as much as she wanted for her own flesh and blood. The most ironic part is that Ms. Van Horn was trying to sell her children in order to earn the $1,000 to bail her boyfriend out of jail. Can you say winner?

There is nothing I despise more than a mom who neglects or abuses her children for a boyfriend/husband/man. The children are currently being held in the custody of the department of human services, safely at a distance of their mother.

Ms. Van Horn has committed the greatest sin a mother can commit, she has abandoned her children. The one person in the world who is always supposed to love and protect a child is their mother and she failed at that job miserably. I hope that while she is sitting in jail, she takes some time to think about what she almost did and sees the error of her ways. At the same time, I hope the children find their way into the hearts and home of someone who will love and cherish them like every child deserves to be.

Photo Source: Robert S. Donovan 


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Mom Attempts to Sell Kids on Facebook

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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  1. monette3 says:

    I seriously hope that this woman has problems deeper than selfishness and neglect (I mean, a $1000 price tag for a baby, seriously?). It seriously hurts my soul to think that anyone in their right mind would do this. I’m glad she tried to sell them, and got herself caught so that her sweet kids are in a safer, better place!

  2. Nat says:

    I agree Kali. How ironic, there children would probably be better off if they did get bought by someone who would take care of them. Obviously, she doesn’t care for them at all. I don’t agree with the mother trying to abandon her kids, but they could have someone better.

  3. Kali says:

    This is terrible! At least she didn’t just kill her kids to get rid of them like so many sorry POS parents do these days!
    This cannot be blamed on facebook… the woman is messed up in the head.

  4. Kagome75 says:

    sorry but I agree with the other comments, it’s not facebook that destroys families it’s the parents own fault. Facebook is just a tool like a knife. You can use a knife to cut meat and that’s fine and useful, but you can use it to stab someone and this is wrong. that mother was basically stabbing her own children to help per boyfriend out of prison. That’s so wrong it’s almost unbelievable, although I do believe to the news because I know people are SO stupid. How can you sell your 10 months old girl? I have an 8 week old baby and I wouldn’t sell him for all the gold in the world, even if he doesn’t make me eat nor sleep and sometimes I feel so tired i would like to cry. I love him to bits and every smile he does is a piece of gold to cherish, worth much more than any real gold. Why couldn’t that woman see her children this way? I hope that the kids manage to find a mama that loves them as they deserve. God bless.

  5. There was at least the chance that the other family couldve been better. Which would be better than the idiots who continue to call themselves parents but do and post stupid, harmful things like the mother who made her infant "hit" the bong 🙁

  6. Kath says:

    How is Facebook destroying lives? It’s the unfit parents who are doing so. Also, what this woman tried to do is heinous and I hope she never regains custody of her children – but where is the father? Why do we always say it’s the mother who is ultimately and totally responsible for protecting her children? Why do we let the fathers off the hook so easily?

    Back to Facebook – I can’t count the number of times I have seen a photo posted by a parent that humiliates their child/children. The old saying of praising your child in public and correcting them is private seems to have gone out the window since Facebook has come along. But, again, Facebook is a tool, that’s all. It’s up to the individual to use common sense when posting

  7. RWalkling says:

    I couldn’t imagine anyone doing this. This is so wrong, I would think there would be more of a punishment for someone who could do this to their own children.

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