The Dallas woman who allegedly tried to sell her 4-month-old baby online said she was not trying to do anything illegal. And she claims the fact that police found the child alone in her apartment was a case of bad timing.
Brittany Hill thinks people believe she is a bad mother for posting what she calls an adoption ad on the website pennysaverusa.com. But the 26-year-old said she is a good parent. She wanted a better home for her son Eden.
Hills said in 2009 she used the same website to adopt out another infant son. This time around she posted an ad because she couldn't financially provide for Eden. She lost her job at a marketing company a few weeks ago, she said.
Also, she was late on rent and her apartment manager came looking for the money on Friday just as she had walked to the mailbox. The manager found Eden alone in the apartment and called police.
"I know a lot of people have their own opinions. But if they knew me as a person they would know I would never, never, never ever sell my child. That's ridiculous. That's against the law. I never wanted to go to jail for something I really didn't do," she said.
Hill was living in an apartment with her partner but said in the ad she was living in a women's shelter. She explained she lied about that detail because she thought an adoptive family might feel sorry for her and be willing to take her son.
She said a woman in Florida had agreed to pay $6,500 for him, but the woman got spooked and called police when she learned no attorneys were necessary.
"You guys can meet at a freaking McDonalds and as long as there is a notary there to notarize it and witness it. There's gotta be a notary and witness. You sign the paper for the child and that's it," Hill said.
But that's not exactly right.
"You can execute a relinquishment at McDonalds, but someone, a professional, has to be involved. I would not recommend having McDonalds creating your legal documents for you," said Heidi Cox with the Gladney Center for Adoption Services.
Cox added most adoptions don't happen overnight.
"The law is complicated for adoption and the reason it is to protect children," she said.
Hill remains in jail for child abandonment. The FBI is also investigating her online ad.
She has two other children in addition to 4-month-old Eden and the son she gave away in 2009. Her parents have legally adopted her 7- and 8-year-old sons.
Her father said he now plans to get involved in the custody fight for Eden, along with the Florida woman who wanted to adopt him and Hill, who said she now wants to take him home.
She referred to the baby's father as a "sperm donor."
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