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Mother in Texas accused of selling son to clear drug debt

Posted: 8:58 AM, Jul 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-06 12:58:45Z

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — 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 says 29-year-old 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 and found the boy. Authorities say Garza was in the process of selling her two daughters, ages 2 and 3.