An Oklahoma mother was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell her children on Facebook, Mashable reports.
Misty VanHorn, a mother of two in Oklahoma, was arrested last month for alleged trafficking of minors on Facebook by offering her 10-month old and her 2 year-old for $4,000. According to the police report, VanHorn offered the kids several times on the social network — offering the 10-month old girl for $1,000, or a package deal with the two of them for $4,000. And she apparently had a taker.
“Just come to Sallisaw, it’s only 30 minutes away and I’ll give you all of her stuff and let y’all have her forever for $1,000,” read VanHorn’s Facebook message to the Fort Smith woman, as unearthed in the police report by the Daily Dot.
Ironically, police believe VanHorn wanted the $1,000 to bail her boyfriend out of jail. Now she’s being held on a $40,000 bond. The children are in the custody of the state’s department of human services, which alerted the police in the first place.
It amazes me the things people will say and do on social media. Last year, I reported on a woman who was arrested for allegedly attempting to hire a hitman over Facebook to murder the father of her child. This is yet another example of how what you say on social media can (and will) be used against you.
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