A Texas mother will spend six years behind bars after she sold her son for $2,500.
Esmeralda Garza, 29, was convicted of three counts of selling or purchasing a child after she sold her 7-year-old son in order to pay off what she owed for drugs, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
Texas Department of Public Safety special agents arrested Garza in July after carrying out a drug search warrant in Corpus Christi. Officials found the 7-year-old boy, as well as her 2-year-old daughter and 3-year-old daughter, who were about to be sold.
“Garza stated that she and her boyfriend owe drug money and gave her child to (the woman) who (paid) $500 cash and clear the (owed) debt and an extra $700 when the ‘custody paperwork’ was signed,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Garza was sentenced to six years for selling the children and two years for money laundering and conspiracy to sell or purchase a child, to be served concurrently.