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A Mom Tried to Sell Her Three-Year-Old Son on Craigslist

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A bicycle. An old jailbroken iPhone. Maybe used furniture. Some free dirt. Those are the type of things you expect to buy off Craigslist. You definitely don't expect a Mom to offer up her three-year-old son on the seedy but useful classifieds website. But that's just what Stephanie Redus did. She used Craiglist to get her son adopted by a new family.

The Craigslist ad stated:

Hi, I'm trying to adopt out my 3yr old son. I'm not in a good place in my life and don't feel like I can care for him properly but I don't know where to start. If you or know anyone who is interested in caring for him, please let me know. I'm a single mom and can't do this.

Thanks, Desperate.

If Redus, a 29-year-old single mother, didn't feel equipped to continue being a mother to her son, that's totally her decision to make. But to put the adoption alert out on Craigslist? Um. Yeah. The only thing worse would be if Redus tried to pawn him off at a Flea Market with old stamps, broken typewriters and handmade jewelry. It's clear that a woman who would do this to her son needs a bit of help.


Redus, who admitted to posting the ad, told the police that she has been depressed and suffers from anxiety but hasn't been taken her medication because... she's pregnant with another child. She's been charged with "advertising for placement of a child", which apparently is a misdemeanor (for now). The three-year-old is now in care with a relative as Redus awaits her day in court. [KTRK via Daily Dot]