GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A mother and father are facing new charges after they allegedly sold their 5-month-old baby online.
Originally, 37-yar-old Deanna Greer and 26-year-old John Cain were charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, a class A felony.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office told News Channel 11 that charge has been changed to attempted child abuse and aggravated child neglect, under Haley’s Law. This new charge is a class B felony.
In addition, the couple has been charged with illegal payment in connection with placement of a child, a class C felony.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s undercover agents originally thought they were investigating a cash scam, but it turned out a baby was put up for sale. Agents responded to the Craigslist ad and acted as if they were interested In purchasing the child.
The couple sold their baby for $3,000.
Undercover agents agreed to meet the couple and during the fake deal, Cain and Greer were arrested.
Authorities told News Channel 11 the child remains in state protective custody.
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