Elizabethtown woman accused of trying to sell baby twice

Published: Dec. 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2013 at 6:11 PM EST
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Leeanna Brown (Source: Hardin County Detention Center)
Leeanna Brown (Source: Hardin County Detention Center)

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A Hardin County woman is accused of trying to sell her newborn daughter to two different people in order to cover fines and fees resulting from her arrest on felony drug charges.

According to an arrest citation, Leeanna Brown, also known as Leeann Brown, 24, of Elizabethtown told her cousin she would give her the child in exchange for money to pay Brown's fines and court costs.

Brown was charged in July with nonpayment of fines and 1st degree possession of a controlled substance.

The cousin told police that Brown had an agreement with another person to sell the newborn for about $5,000 to cover attorney fees, fines and court costs, but that deal fell through.

The cousin said she adopted the child on November 27, but on Tuesday, Brown and the relative went to the Elizabethtown Police Department where Brown said she wanted her child back so she could give temporary guardianship to another person. Case documents say the "adoption" was an agreement and not a court order.

The arrest citation says the other person to whom Brown tried to sell her baby has temporary guardianship of two more of Brown's children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old. It was also discovered that a different couple had custody of Brown's 1-year-old child and had been caring for the child for the last seven months.

Child Protective Services took emergency custody of all three children.

Brown is in the Hardin County Detention Center. Bond is set at $2,500.

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