Police: Woman tried twice to sell baby

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Brown charged with endangering welfare of a minor

An Elizabethtown woman was booked into the Hardin County Detention Center early Wednesday morning on charges that she twice attempted to sell her newborn child.

Leeanna Brown, 24, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

According to an arrest citation, Brown promised to sell her newborn daughter to two different individuals.

Brown told one of the individuals — her cousin — she would hand over the newborn if the cousin paid Brown’s fines and court costs, according to the citation.

In July, Brown was charged with nonpayment of fines and first-degree possession of a controlled substance — a felony — by the Elizabethtown Police Department.

The individual also said Brown had an agreement with another person to sell the newborn for about $5,000 to cover court fines, fees and attorney fees, according to the citation. That agreement “fell through,” according to the citation.

The relative said she adopted the newborn Nov. 27. On Tuesday, Brown and her cousin went to EPD where Brown said she wanted her child back so she could give temporary guardianship to another person, although the “adoption” was an agreement and not a court order, case documents say.

This other person, according to the citation, has temporary guardianship of two more of Brown’s children, who are 2 and 1. It also was discovered through the investigation, a different couple had custody of Brown’s 1-year-old child and had been caring for the child for the last seven months.

According to the citation, Child Protective Services took emergency custody of all three children.

Brown is listed as “Leeanna Brown” on the arrest citation and “Leeann Brown” at the Hardin County Detention Center.

Brown is lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,500 cash bond. She is scheduled to appear at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Hardin District Court.

Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Virgil Willoughby said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.