Woman sentenced to 18 months for trying to sell son

December 18, 2003|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

A 20-year-old woman who tried to sell her toddler son for $250 to get out of a Carroll County jail to await trial on a drug charge was sentenced yesterday to 18 months behind bars.

Judith Ann Garland of Baltimore was being held on drug charges in the county detention center last year when she hand-wrote an agreement to sign over her parental rights to her 2-year-old boy in return for the money she needed to meet her bail. Yesterday, she said that her addictions to cocaine and heroin were the cause of her desperation for money.

Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced her to five years in prison, suspending all but 18 months, to be served at the county detention center. He also ordered her placed on three years of supervised probation.

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