Police have arrested a woman in Missouri accused of trying to sell a baby on Craigslist, and this is not the first time the suspect has been in trouble with the law.
The suspect, 29-year-old Alice H. Sims, was previously convicted of receiving stolen property and forgery, both felonies for which she received 5- and 3-year sentences, respectively, according to KOAMTV.com.
According to a news release from the Joplin Police Department, a report was filed Dec. 9 in reference to a woman trying to sell a baby via Craigslist. An investigation was launched, and an undercover investigator and a female employee of the Joplin Police Department posed as potential buyers of the baby.
Sims allegedly claimed to be pregnant when the two met with her. She was given a down payment for the supposed unborn baby, and the uncover agents agreed to pay her more after she had given birth and the child was turned over to them. After the transaction, Sims was taken into custody by investigators while she tried to leave the scene.
After interviewing the suspect, investigators determined she was not pregnant and she had allegedly been scamming couples. Further investigation also indicated she had allegedly been in contact with three other potential purchasers.