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Dad Charged With Attempting To Sell Son For $2,500
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Videographer: Mike Magee
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Mar. 21, 2012 6:39 PM EDT
Spencer , Roane County , West Virginia
Most parents will tell you their kids are priceless but WV State Police in Spencer say one dad put a price tag of $2,500 on his son. They arrested that dad Wednesday after he allegedly tried to sell his the little boy.
Police say they watched as 20-year-old Tyler Toler attempted to sell his parental rights of his 2-year-old $2,500. On Wednesday, he and his wife, 19-year-old Katelyn Toler, allegedly met up with the little boy's maternal grandmother in the Roane County Courthouse square, little did they know, the grandmother was working with police. As soon as the dad got the cash and agreed to give the grandmother the boy he and his wife were arrested.
The grandmother told Eyewitness News that she wanted custody of the little boy but that the couple told her she'd have to pay. She says the offers started coming in on her cell phone via text messages. She says the Tolers were asking between $3,500 to $2,500 in exchange for Tyler signing over his parental rights. She took the text messages to police because she thought it seemed wrong.
Police say Toler told them he wasn't fit to be a dad and didn't know making money off of his son was illegal.
"I think the normal person would understand that there's no reasonable, viable excuse to sell a child," Sgt. F.L. Hammack with the WV State Police detachment in Roane County says.
The child is now with his grandmother.
The Tolers are each charged with the prohibited sale of a child and conspiracy to commit a felony. They're both in jail each on a $200,000 bond.
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