A Georgia woman has been arrested for trying to purchase a baby off Craigslist. The Huffington Post reports that 47-year-old Elaine Sunwoo Williams has been charged with a felony count of unlawful advertisement or unlawful inducement for adoption of children. The details surrounding this case are somewhat bizarre.
Authorities say Williams posted an advertisement on Craigslist telling mothers to drop their unwanted babies in a so-called “baby box” at her residence. The Georgia woman reportedly didn’t get any babies as a result of the ad, but she did catch the attention of police in the town of Cumming.
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Forsyth County News reported that Elaine Sunwoo Williams told authorities she posted the ad on Craigslist because her 14-year-old daughter wanted a baby. She said the teen told her that she would get a baby “with or without her help.” Authorities have confirmed that the 14-year-old daughter of the Georgia woman may also face juvenile charges associated with the incident. However, no other details have been provided about this detail.
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This is not the first time Craigslist has been at the center of illegal adoption or baby sales. In fact, brutal crimes have been committed by some people who, allegedly, would go as far as necessary to obtain a baby. Earlier this year, a woman used Craigslist to advertise the sale of baby clothes in an alleged attempt to lure a pregnant woman to her. A pregnant woman did answer the ad and the woman attempted to cut the baby from her womb. The expectant mother survived the attack, but her unborn child did not.
In 2013, a newborn infant was reportedly put up for sale on the popular marketplace website. A 23-year-old man allegedly offered the baby for sale for just $100, which triggered an investigation by authorities in Staten Island. The advertisement on Craigslist seemed almost like a joke, but the man did have a two-month-old child. However, people who knew him were shocked at the ad.
“I have a 2-month-old baby, she loves to play and have her little fun, but there’s one problem, doctors say she has asthma and if she turns a certain way she can stop breathing. She’s really getting on my nerves and I don’t want her,” read the Craigslist ad.
Also earlier this year, police investigated another ad trying to sell a baby. A woman posted an ad on Craigslist with a photo of her pregnant tummy, claiming that she was selling a “guaranteed white” child. No reports have indicated whether or not the case was ever determined to be a hoax.
In the case of Elaine Sunwoo Williams, she may find herself in prison if she’s convicted of her charges. In the state of Georgia, a felony conviction related to illegal adoption could carry prison time but it’s not immediately known if this is the woman’s first major criminal offense.
Police were able to put a stop to this alleged crime before the Georgia mom actually got her hands on a baby through Craigslist. Had Williams been successful in buying a baby off the Internet, she could have faced even more charges than the single felony charge she was given by authorities.
[Photo via Cumming Police mugshot]