911 caller alleges woman offered to sell newborn



HAZEL DELL, Wash. (AP) — A Vancouver, Wash., woman accused of offering to sell her 3-day-old son for $500 in a Taco Bell restaurant in southwest Washington has been arrested on previously issued warrants.

The Columbian reports that Clark County sheriff’s deputies are asking prosecutors to consider charging 36-year-old Heidi Lynn Knowles with attempted child selling, a Class C felony.

In a sheriff’s bulletin, Sgt. Phil Sample says officers responded Thursday night to a 911 call from a woman who said another woman approached her in the restaurant, handed her the baby and offered to sell him.

Sample says deputies found Knowles at a motel with the infant, who appeared to be in good health. They called for Child Protective Services, which took custody of the baby.

Sample says the woman denied trying to sell the child.

Deputies took statements from the 911 caller, a companion of hers and a Taco Bell employee.


Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com