Mom accused of trying to sell baby for drugs
ByNavideh Forghani firstname.lastname@example.org
Story Published: Sep 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM EDT
Story Updated: Sep 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM EDT
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A mother is in the Richmond County jail accused of trying to sell her baby.
Investigators say Amanda Johnson and Michael Jenkins, the father of the seven-month-old baby, were trying to use the child as a loan to support their drug addiction.
"People loan their cars out for crack or jewelry to local drug dealers. But you never want to think someone would loan out a human being to support their drug habit," said Inv. Kendall Brown, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses say the baby’s parents and a drug dealer were smoking crack cocaine on Friday night at the Augusta Lodge while the baby was in the room.
Deputies say witnesses overheard Johnson and her boyfriend making a deal with the drug dealer.
"They were both part of the deal. They were willing to let their child go with a complete stranger for an unknown amount of crack cocaine," said Brown.
A deal investigators say has serious consequences.
Johnson is charged with one county to cruelty to a child and reckless conduct. Her seven-month-old is in state custody.
Investigators are still looking for the baby's father, Michael Jenkins, and the drug dealer. Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.
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