Skip to comments.Police say cash and drugs were traded for baby
Posted on 10/07/2011 6:35:27 PM PDT by digger48
Kokomo Sheriff deputies arrested one of four people believed to be involved in a child-selling case in which a baby was traded for $17,000 and drugs.
Deputies arrested Stephen P. Lynch Jr., 31, Thursday afternoon on a warrant charging him with a Class A felony conspiracy to deal in a narcotic and D felonies conspiracy to commit child selling and profiting from an adoption.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Howard Superior Court 1, Stephen Lynch, along with another person, gave another couple $13,000, a 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII valued at $3,531 and numerous drugs in exchange for the couples now 2-year-old son.
The other three people have yet to be charged in the case.
Lynch also was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia when deputies went to a residence at 4162 N. 1200 West, to serve the child-selling warrant on Lynch.
Lynch is being held in the Howard County jail on a $75,000 bail with no 10 percent permitted. If convicted of the more serious A felony drug charge, Lynch could face up to 50 years. But on the child-selling charge, he could only face up to three years in jail, according to state law.
So... if you sell a child, you only face up to three years?! Words fail...
Police reports - Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, 12:05 a.m., police arrested Stephen P. Lynch Jr., 28, 1800 block of North Lindsay Street, at Havens and Washington streets, on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance and a failure to appear for fees hearing.
Police reports - Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
Monday, 4:07 p.m., police arrested Stephen P. Lynch Jr., 29, 511 S. Indiana Avenue, at Park Avenue and Philips Street, on Class D felony charges of driving while a habitual traffic violator, and possession of a handgun without a permit.
Police Reports - Saturday, April 2, 2011
Thursday, 7:39 p.m., police arrested Melissa D. Lynch, 34, 500 block of South Indiana Street, in the 800 block of South Washington Street, on charges of two counts of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a police scanner. Police also arrested Stephen P. Lynch, 31, same address, and a 15-year-old male, each on a charge of possession of marijuana.
Babies are worth it. Parents who sell them should be snuffed. Period.
“But on the child-selling charge, he could only face up to three years in jail, according to state law.”
3 years for a life is a bit skewed, to say the least.
Sounds like another victim in the victimless crime of drugs.
If I could hold off selling her til after she's 12, I'd almost take the 3 years in prison as opposed to going through that 13-17 age with another daughter .
Actually, on some level, this is great.
Some cruddy worthless druggie parents are having a defenseless child removed from their custody, and someone who puts a value on a life gets a child.
Of course, the parents should end up in jail and this is slavery so thus should be illegal. But glad to see baby out of their care.
I raised boys and I admit that was MUCH easier! My Dad used to tease me that I went into my room at 13 as a monster, but when I reemerged at 18 and left for the Army, I was a moderately tolerable human being, LOL!
The Father seems altogether 'flat-lined', in his emotions. Perhaps he cannot be as openly dishonest as his wife or, is he the last to know here(?)
Whatever; the father stands like a tree - and emotes the same; while she leans and wails. Think this is a disgusting story of sick parenting unfolding.
Have to say my second worst thought is that this baby was given up for money. We also do not know exactly when/time she disappeared; but would bet enough time for this child to be 'secured'.