Warning: This story is very upsetting
A Tennessee couple is now in jail after trying to commit an unimaginable crime in March of this year. Police arranged a pseudo-sting operation that led to the couple being charged with multiple felonies, but it doesn’t seem like they were egged on by police in any way, shape, or form. No, these parents were completely on their own when they chose to try to sell their five-month-old baby to the highest bidder.
One has to wonder what Deanna Greer and John David Cain were thinking when they turned to Craigslist to make a few extra bucks. In fairness, lots of strange things have been bought, sold, and advertised on Craigslist over the years—from calls for “only sexy females” to move in rent-free, to strangely sinister missed connections—but I don’t think that anyone was prepared for what cops in Greene County, TN posted by the couple in March of this year.
It’s unclear at this point whether Greer and Cain were just in need of some extra cash or they just didn’t want to be parents, but what we do know is that the parents happily handed over their infant son to strangers in a parking lot in exchange for a few thousand dollars.
Yes, you read that right.
They were legitimately ready to sell their son.
Apparently the investigation was set into motion when local law enforcement was alerted about Cain and Greer’s Craigslist post and, in turn, contacted the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation took on the case.
They responded to the couple’s ad (not revealing that they were law enforcement) and agreed on a price—$3,000.
Here’s what they bought with the money before their arrest…