Fla. Woman Gets 5 Years In Scheme To Sell Grandson

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(Source: CBSNews.com)

(Source: CBSNews.com)

DAYTONA BEACH (CBS4)- A Florida woman was sentenced to five years in prison for a scheme to sell her infant grandson.

A Volusia County judge sentenced 46-year-old Patty Bigbee on Thursday. She pleaded no contest in June to selling a child and communications fraud.

Bigbee and her boyfriend, 42-year-old Lawrence Works, were arrested in November after accepting a $30,000 cashier’s check for then-2-month-old Aidan Fleming at a Daytona Beach parking lot. The supposed buyer — who was actually a daughter Bigbee had given up for adoption years earlier — had reported the deal to authorities.

Works and the child’s mother, 22-year-old Stephanie Bigbee-Davis, both pleaded no contest for their parts in the scheme in March.

FDLE spokeswoman Susie Murphy said Works, who was also charged with the illegal sale or surrender of a child, aided the transfer by placing the child’s belongings into the car he thought belonged to the woman buying the child.

Works was sentenced to time-served, and Bigbee-Davis received two years.

The daughter Bigbee gave up for adoption now wants to adopt Aidan legally.

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