Texas au­thor­i­ties say mom with drug debt sold son for $2,500

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS -

Au­thor­i­ties say a Texas mother with a drug debt to set­tle is ac­cused of sell­ing her 7-year-old son for $2,500.

The Texas Depart­ment of Public Safety said Tues­day that 29-yearold Es­mer­alda Garza of Cor­pus Christi was ar­rested last week. Jail records did not list an at­tor­ney for her.

The Cor­pus Christi Caller-Times re­ports a woman told in­ves­ti­ga­tors she bought the boy for $2,500. An ar­rest re­port says Garza said she and her boyfriend owed drug money and the child was given to the woman for $500, the clear­ing of the debt and an ad­di­tional $700 when the “cus­tody paper­work” was signed.

DPS agents ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a home in Nue­ces County and found the boy. Au­thor­i­ties say Garza was in the process of sell­ing her two daugh­ters, ages 2 and 3.

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