posted on Jul, 18 2008 @ 05:38 AM
WILKINSBURG, Pa. -- Wilkinsburg police said a woman confessed to buying a newborn who she tried to pass off as her own at a Pittsburgh hospital.
Investigators said Andrea Curry-Demus brought the little boy to West Penn Hospital to get examined.
According to court documents, workers became suspicious when tests showed she was not the mother.
Police said when they questioned Curry-Demus, she said she bought the baby for $500 from her friend "Tina." The child was born July 16.
Channel 11 learned Curry-Demus was charged 18 years ago with kidnapping in a similar case.
Police said the baby is doing fine.
Thats the whole story online. On the news it says she paid $1000, and got arrested for endangering the welfare of the child. The news also stated that
she miscarried her child. I do not understand this. I get that buying a baby isn't the right way to go about things. But wouldn't the woman that
sold the baby be endangering the child's welfare more? The woman that bought the baby at least cared enough to take the child to the hospital.
The main reason I post this is because of cases of child abuse and child welfare that go under-investigated or even in some cases where the social
workers lie about actually doing any investigation at all, and the only way things like this are discovered are when the child is beat to death or
seriously injured. Oklahoma is probably the worst state for this.
Another thing that makes me mad is there is a child in my boyfriends family who we called to report several times. Her father would leave her with us
for days. She would be so hungry she would eat almost the whole time she was here. Her hair would be so knotty, that I had to cut the knots out
sometimes. She was five years old, and the size of all her clothes were 18 months. No one had bought her clothes since then, and sadly they still
almost fit perfectly, except the pants were a little short. She also still drank bottles and wore diapers. We made alot of calls to the department of
welfare, and they were there three times, and found nothing. I still feel horrible about this, as this is an ongoing thing.
I'm not trying to sound like, "Sheesh, you sell one baby and they lock you up." What I would like to find out is this because a newborn is more
adoptable than a 5 year old child? Do cities and states make a decent amount of money off of adoptions? It seems like they are quick to DNA test a
newborn and arrest the lady that bought it, but they don't seem to care about kids that are honestly in danger. In fact, when we called to make
reports, the social worker we talked to acted like we were greatly inconveniencing her.
I just really don't see how they can get away with having such an unbalanced system. It seems to say to me its more important to take a baby that was
bought by a woman who probably would have loved the baby than it is to react promptly to a child that is with their biological father, but is being
What do you think? Do you think it's related to some kind of profits or something else?