Couple charged with trying to sell baby in West Virginia

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LAYLAND, W.Va. (AP) – Authorities in West Virginia say a man and woman have been arrested on charges that they tried to sell the woman’s baby.

Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler says in a news release that 25-year-old Ashley N. Harmon and 20-year-old Jonathan Isaac Lucas Flint were arrested at a home in Layland last week. They face felony charges of selling or attempting to sell a child and gross child neglect.

According to the news release, witnesses told authorities that the pair allegedly offered to sell the 3-month-old for up to $1,000. But when no one agreed, the suspects fled and left the baby behind.

Harmon and Flint remained held Sunday in the Southern Regional Jail. Jail records didn’t indicate whether they have attorneys.

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