Woman Charged With Trying To Buy Another Woman's Baby In Walmart Self-Checkout Line

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A Texas woman is accused of trying to buy another woman’s baby for hundreds of thousands of dollars while in line at a Walmart self-checkout.

Rebecca Lanette Taylor, 49, was arrested on Jan. 18 and charged with the offense of the sale or purchase of a child in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred five days prior, according to a Crockett Police Department probable cause statement obtained by local outlet The Messenger.

On Jan. 13, the mother of the child in question called police “advising a white woman with blonde hair approached her in the Crockett Walmart, wanting to purchase her son,” according to the probable cause statement.

The mother claimed that Taylor allegedly approached her as she was waiting to scan items in self-checkout. She claimed that Taylor “began commenting on her son’s blonde hair and blue eyes” before asking “how much she could purchase him for.”

When the mother laughed over the question — assuming it was a joke —Taylor allegedly “told her that she had $250,000 in the car and she would pay that much for him.”

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The mother also claims that both Taylor and a female companion began calling her son by his name, without having been told it.

The mother claims that Taylor followed her out to the parking lot where she proceeded to offer more money for her child.

“Once in the parking lot, Taylor began screaming [...] saying if she wouldn’t take $250,000 for him, then she would give her $500,000 because she wanted him and she was going to take him,” the statement says.

Surveillance video from Walmart seemingly confirmed the incident, The Messenger reports.

“Taylor said that he was the perfect fit and she had been wanting to buy a baby for a long time now,” the affidavit said, according to NBC News.

The Crockett Police Department was unable to provide a copy of the affidavit to Oxygen.com before publication. It's not clear if the other woman who was with Taylor will face any charges.

While Taylor’s bond was set at $50,000, and she bonded out of Houston County Jail on Jan. 20, a spokesperson for the Houston County Sherrif's Department told Oxygen.com on Thursday. She has not yet been indicted and it’s unclear if she has an attorney.