Mother Arrested In ‘Grandson For Sale’ Case
Posted: 12:16 pm EST November 9, 2010
Updated: 1:31 pm EST November 9, 2010
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The mother of a baby, who a Volusia County grandmother is accused of trying to sell for $30,000, is behind bars Tuesday. Investigators said she was in on the whole thing.
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The baby’s grandmother, Patty Bigbee, was arrested Friday after undercover agents busted her trying to sell her 8-week-old grandson. The baby’s mother, Stephannie Bigbee-Davis is also facing charges in the case.
Investigator say Patty Bigbee wanted the money for a new car. She practically had the keys in her hand. She’d already been to the dealership to talk about financing.
Detectives say Stephannie Bigbee-Davis thought she was getting $9,000 for the sale of her child and she didn’t know the final sales price was $30,000.
Stephannie was charged with trying to sell her 8-week-old son Aiden. Investigators said that it was her sister, a sister she may not have even known about, who was going to be the buyer and who eventually tipped off investigators to the whole plan.
It was this summer that Patty used Facebook to track down a daughter, Danielle Skiver, whom she gave up for adoption 27 years ago. Then about 10 days ago, Patty offered to give Skiver the baby she was taking care of and then started asking for money.
Skiver went to investigators, who then worked undercover, until the baby was about to change hands in Daytona Beach last week.
Investigators said the sale was all about greed.
“They obviously had a lack of humanity. They were going to sell this baby and take the proceeds to buy cars and other goods that they felt they needed to live their life,” Wayne Ivey of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.
Stephannie had signed over parental rights to the baby. WFTV learned the baby’s father, is Charles Shinka. He has not been charged yet, but reports say he and Stephannie were interested in having more kids so they could sell them.