HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - A DeSoto County lawmaker has proposed a bill to make the sale of babies in Mississippi illegal.
Sen. Doug Davis, R-Hernando, says he was surprised to learn that the state has no law prohibiting the sale of children.
If passed, the new law would mean anyone convicted of "baby-selling" would be fined up to $20,000 and sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison.
In August, a Yalobusha County woman was caught attempting to sell a child in exchange for $2,000 and a vehicle. Because there currently is no state law forbidding the sale of children, local authorities could only charge the woman with child neglect.
Information from: DeSoto Times-Tribune, http://www.desototimes.com
Information from: DeSoto Times Today, http://www.desototimes.com