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Web Exclusive: Mom accused of putting adoption ad on Craigslist for her son

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(KHOU/CBS) - A 29-year-old Houston mother, who allegedly suffers from depression and anxiety, is accused of placing an ad on Craigslist to give up her 3-year-old son for adoption.
Stephanie Christine Redus is now charged with advertising for placement of a child.

They say you can post almost anything on Craigslist, but how about putting your child up for adoption? Police say this woman in Houston Stephanie Redus tried to do just that with her three year old son.  "I see the little boy over there playing in the swimming pool a couple of times and running around in his birthday suit," says John Kirby, neighbor.

Neighbors were shocked to hear about the Craigslist adoption ad that was posted on May 1st.
It reads in part: "Hi, I'm trying to adopt out my 3yr old son. I'm not in a good place in my life and don't feel like I can care for him properly."  
"I'm a single mom and can't do this. Thanks, Desperate"  

"Blessings from God are always a privilege, not to be put on Craigslist,' says Peg Kirby, neighbor.
 
Prosecutors say she confessed to making the post but insisted she never intended to give up her child.  She also told prosecutors that she is depressed but unable to take her medicine because she is pregnant again

"Honey, I think you need to talk to the lord before making a decision like that," says Peg Kirby.
 
And seeing the little boys face breaks neighbors hearts.  "Nice little boy there," says John Kirby. Oh my goodness, somewhere there has to be a grandma that wants him, says Peg Kirby.

Police say mom answered at least one of the Craigslist ads asking for pictures of the home where her son might live.  The boy is with his dad right now and mom is facing just a misdemeanor charge right now.

 

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