Mom Attempts to Sell 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.
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