View of a mall food court Taco Bell counter.
Taco Bell does not endorse the sale of infants. (Photo Credit: CC BY/Like_the_Grand_Canyon/Flickr)

When most people look to adopt a baby, they use a professional agency. In a bizarre turn of events, Heidi Gasaway (aka Heidi Knowles), 36, of Vancouver, Wash., believed that prospective parents would buy her baby from her outside a local Taco Bell. According to KATU TV Portland, Gasaway attempted to sell her own 3-day-old baby to a chalupa-craving woman for somewhere between $500 and $5,000.

Gasaway offered to sell her newborn

Gasaway, who made her first court appearance in Clark County on Monday, is accused of attempting to sell her 3-day-old baby. According to court documents, police investigators said that Gasaway approached a random woman outside a Hazel Dell Taco Bell. After the passerby refused Gasaway’s offer, she quickly called 9-1-1. Heidi Gasaway’s baby was confiscated by authorities, and now Gasaway faces a felony charge that will amount to as many as five years in prison if convicted.

Gasaway has denied she was attempting to sell her baby.

Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Sample told The Columbian that he’d never seen case like this in his 14 years on the force.

“She seemed to be pretty evasive about the questions (officers asked her),” Sample said. “She definitely seemed to be very rational though.”

‘At least the baby’s alive’

The bizarre incident outside Taco Bell began when Gasaway allegedly handed the other woman her baby, then remarked that the woman could buy the baby if she wanted, reports The Columbian. Clark County sheriffs have confirmed that Gasaway asked for a minimum of $500 for the 3-day-old infant.

Authorities apprehended Gasaway at the nearby Kay’s Motel, where she was reportedly living. Gasaway had outstanding warrants in Benton Country for possession of drug paraphernalia, skipping bail and theft. Police booked her on those charges and discovered the attempted baby sale later. It is believed that prosecution will look to add on related charges. Attempted child-selling qualifies as a Class C felony.

KATU TV spoke with a female friend of Gasaway’s outside the Clark County courtroom. Both the friend and Oliver Morris, owner of Kay’s Motel, expressed concern over Gasaway’s mental state. Morris did see the silver lining in the Taco Bell baby debacle.

“At least the baby’s alive,” he said.

TV news report on Taco Bell baby


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