Historically, incompetent parents leave their undesired children wrapped in a blanket on the steps of a fire station.
But one Tennessee couple wanted a much bigger return on their investment — so instead, they put their infant up for sale on Craigslist!
Though John David Cain (above, left) and Deanna Lynn Greer‘s (above, right) big payday of $3,000 never came, because they ended up selling their 5-month-old son to an undercover agent!
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The 26-year-old father and 37-year-old mother were arrested Friday afternoon in a Dollar General parking lot, where the alleged transaction was supposed to go down.
Each parent is charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.
Greene County Sheriff’s Chief Detective Jeff Morgan says the sale offer was first discovered by a couple in Elizabethon, Tennesseee, who came across the Craigslist posting.
The chief told People:
"They had spoken with the parents of this child and it was posted on Craigslist, but not as a child for sale It was an adoption-type ad."
Once the couple realized what was happening, they contacted local authorities. Soon, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI was involved, and Morgan’s department "very quickly put a team together."
An undercover TBI agent agreed to meet with Cain and Greer on Friday outside the Dollar General store, where the couple allegedly accepted $3,000 in cash in exchange for the child.
Morgan didn’t reveal the couple’s "story," but noted the boy is in the custody of the state’s Department of Children’s Services.
The parents, to use that term loosely, are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 7 where they could face federal charges.
Greer’s bond was set at $150,000 — or roughly 50 babies, at the going Craigslist rate. Cain is being held without bond, as he has since been served with a warrant as a fugitive from charges of embezzlement, breaking and entering, and other misdemeanors.