A Kentucky couple face up to 20 years in jail for trading their used pickup for a baby.

The couple, Jeremy and Jamie Brown, pleaded not guilty to human trafficking charges Friday after they allegedly traded a 1999 Dodge Dakota to Heather Kaminsky for her newborn in January. Jamie Brown and Kaminsky were childhood friends.

Police told the media that Kaminsky had her two previous children taken away from her home by Social Services in Florida, and they believe that's why she moved to Kentucky to have this child. But after having the child, Kaminsky decided to trade the baby boy for the pickup.

She then sold the pickup for $800 and some meth, according to police.

"I honestly believe they had the best intentions," said Lt. Rodney Van Zant of the Laurel County Sheriff's Department. "But the way they went about it was the wrong way."

The child was reported in good health. Kaminsky remains at large.

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      lthrnck68
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems to me that this is just backwards. Shouldn't it be the infant's parents that face the human trafficking charges?
        Jean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lthrnck68
        I agree--these people should be allowed to raise the baby--they wanted him where as his Mom was more than willing to give him up for a vehicle she could sell for drugs!
      Wolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      The real looser here is the child involved. Born to a mother who didn't want the child, given to people who would have taken car of him, then entered into a system that may claim to care for him but will likely turn him into something resembling its mother.
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wolf
        It all depends on the quality of the foster parents he gets, and the adoptive parents (assuming he isn't given to relatives of the meth head).
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would have held out for a newer truck... Better the baby not raised by a crack head.
      CHRIS AND VICKI
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the mother goes to abortion clinic, government is ok with murder of baby, but, a couple try to save the child from a life of abuse and poverty and give up their truck, they face 20 years in prison. What a system!!!!
      Angela Whitehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who realy cares how you remove a child from a really bad situation as long as you remove it? If they went thru the "proper" chanels the baby would most likely be dead before the red tape ever made it through the system of beauracratic BS. Arrest the crack HO, and let the browns keep the baby as long as they are found to be exceptible parents.
      starmystik
      • 2 Years Ago
      In all seriousness, they probably were trying to do the best thing for the baby, knowing the mother couldn't (or didn't want to) take care of it. As long as the couple was going to raise the baby and wasn't going to do anything shady like turn around and sell him for more money. They shouldn't be faulted if it was in good intentions.
      maskedblogger
      • 2 Years Ago
      They saved that baby, pure and simple. They don't need to be charged with anything but caring about the child's welfare.
        Jack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @maskedblogger
        you are so right the cops should be thankfull that those people saved a baby
        momzjunk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @maskedblogger
        I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE PEOPLE WHO SAVED THE BABY FROM THE CRAPPED OUT DRUGGED UP MOM ... WHY ARE THEY BEING CHARGED WITH BABY TRAFFICING. THEY KEPT THE CHILD SAFE, FEED AND DIAPERED, WHILE THE BIO. METH HEAD MOM WOULD HAVE SOLD IT OR LEFT IT SOME WHERE OR WORSE. YET AS THE BABYS SAVERS THEY COULD BE PUT IN JAIL FOR 20 YEARS AND THEIR CHILDREN GET RAISED BY SOME CHILD WELFARE HOME. A CRUEL CIRCLE. AND THE MEDIA MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THE METH HEAD IS THE VICTIM.. THE SYSTEM SHOULLD JUST LEAD THESE PEOPLE DOWN THE CORRECT PATH TO GET FULL ADOPTION/CUSTODY OF THE BABY.
      coco13
      • 2 Years Ago
      why kill them. because they try to give better life for this baby, seem going be better than what the mom going give
      Gerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      come on now..really? 20 years for taking a baby away from a drug addict mother who has had her other 2 children taken away before. the justice system is a complete joke! meanwhile casey anthony gets away with murdering her child. JOKE!
      kimallman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Baby boy made out good, the purchasers meant no ill will. They just wanted a baby to love, and they probably saved him from a troubled childhood.
      Pam
      • 2 Years Ago
      How sad for all the people knocking these people just because they are from Kentucky or not as attractive as these wonderful human beings think they should be. At least they were trying to save that child from death ( which would have fappend for sure) They do not look like wealthy people so you should consider the sacrifice they made giving up their truck. True they didn't go about it through the courts but at least they got that baby away from that druggie of a mother. May God bless them .
      prin79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why are we pressing charges on the couple and not the mom? This is ridiculously backwards. I get that it falls under the umbrella of "trafficking" but come on. Clearly, the couple was trying to save the baby from their meth/car trading mother. Geesh!
        darsul
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prin79
        If I read the article right the "mother" is still at large, meaning they are looking for her to press charges.
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