A Delaware woman has been arrested for trying to sell her baby for $15,000. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

A Delaware woman is currently being brought up on charges that she allegedly tried to sell her one-month old son. Bridget Wismer, 33, is accused of trying to sell her baby to a friend in Philadelphia for $15,000.

Woman wanted trip to Disney World

A woman in Delaware, according to ABC, has been charged with trying to sell her one-month-old infant to a friend, reportedly because she wanted to go on a trip to Disney World rather than raise her newborn son. Bridget Wismer, a 33-year-old mother of three, has been charged in New Castle, Del., with a second-degree conspiracy charge and “dealing in children.”

Her co-conspirator, 54-year-old John Gavaghan of Philadelphia, faces the same charges. Both could receive seven years in prison.

Unemployed woman wanted better home for child

Wismer is unemployed and lives with her mother. She stated that the incident was simply a misunderstanding. Wismer claims that Gavaghan is a close friend, and that he was simply helping her in raising the child to “give the baby a life that I couldn’t give because of my situation.”

Police were alerted in September by Wismer’s grandmother, who told police about the arrangement. Gavaghan and Wismer drafted and signed documents establishing a payment schedule and other arrangements, including that Gavaghan would be added to the birth certificate as the child’s father. The child’s biological father has not been identified.

Police followed Gavaghan to the Delaware Park Racetrack in Stanton, Del. He was seen signing documents in his car and giving cash to a woman in September. The documents were later found to be related to the sale of one-month-old Christian. According to the Daily Mail, a New Castle police officer clarified: “You can’t sell a baby in Delaware.” The child is currently in foster care.

Disturbing trend

There have been numerous incidents of people trying to sell children within the past year. A woman was arrested in August for trying to sell her baby at a Taco Bell for $500 in Vancouver, Wash., according to KPTV, a Fox affiliate. An English woman was sentenced in May to seven years in prison for trying to sell her 11-month-old baby to a “childless couple” last September for 35,000 pounds or about $54,000, according to The Guardian. The buyers were undercover reporters, and they alerted police.

Two people, Samantha Tomasini and Patrick Fousek, were arrested last year for trying to sell their baby outside a Walmart for $25, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Fousek wound up being beaten by inmates after being jailed. According to The Telegraph, a Romanian couple was arrested in Spain for soliciting random women on the street in Alcantarilla, a town in the Murcia region on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. They were trying to sell their baby for 5,000 euros or about $6,700.



Daily Mail:–15-000.html


The Guardian:

San Francisco Chronicle:

The Telegraph:

Post By bryanh (1,420 Posts)


Do you have a fantastic idea related to this article, but just don't have the money you need to start your own company or side-business? Get the loans you need from to help get your new company underway, from the small loan professionals at PersonalMoneyNetwork.

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]

Judge stabbed and deputy shot in Washington courthouse

Grays Harbor County Courthouse

Following a standoff in a Washington state county courtroom Friday, a man reportedly escaped after shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the shoulder and stabbing a judge in the neck. The man is still at large. Treachery among the tree farms The incident occurred Friday afternoon in the western Washington town of Montesano, which bills itself […]

Microraptor was one flashy little dinosaur

Microraptor fossil

A team of Chinese and American scientists have found that Microraptor, a small four winged dinosaur that went extinct about 130 million years ago, was likely black and almost certainly had glossy, iridescent feathers. Until now, the coloring of extinct creatures was a matter of pure speculation. That may no longer be the case. The […]

Autocorrected message leads to school lockdown

Homage to the Sun

Adjacent schools in Georgia were locked down for two hours Wednesday after a text message reportedly warned of a “gunman” on campus. Later, it was learned that the message was the result of a smartphone autocorrect function, attempting to “fix” the misspelled slang word “gunna.” A series of mixups A series of mixups led to […]