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Police: Delaware Mom Agreed To Sell Newborn To Philadelphia Man

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Delaware mother, along with a Philadelphia man, are facing charges after investigators allege the two agreed to the sale and purchase of the woman’s newborn son.

“I didn’t want to give my baby away,” said 33-year-old Bridget Wismer of Brookside Park, New Castle County Delaware.

Wismer, charged with selling her newborn for $15,000, said she did nothing wrong.

According to her, she had an agreement with friend, John Gavaghan, who wanted to help Wismer raise her son, Christian.

“He told me he would help out,” explained Wismer. “Whenever I needed something for the baby, I would call him. There was no organized thing.”

Wismer said she is already raising two children. She doesn’t have a job and she lives at home with her mother. Gavaghan doesn’t have any children but wanted one.

“He was with him (referring to the baby) at night, because he comes down for the races, he races horses in Delaware,” said Wismer. “We were doing this together.”

New Castle County Police paint a different picture.

“You can’t sell a baby in Delaware,” said Cpl. John Welgarz with the New Castle County Police. “There are different ways you go about it, if you don’t want your child.”

For the last month county detectives had been investigating Wismer. Police say her family members told authorities that Wismer was planning to sell her child. Police had been keeping a close eye on Wismer and Gavaghan. Investigators say, last week surveillance cameras at Delaware park where Gavaghan races horses, shows him signing an agreement to purchase baby Christian.

After detectives conducted separate interviews involving both suspects, they were able to confirm that Gavaghan and Wismer were involved with one another in the sale and purchase of the newborn.

The newborn is currently in foster care.

Both Wismer and Gavaghan have been charged with Dealing in Children and Conspiracy in the Second Degree.

Wismer was arraigned and released after posting $750 secured bail for the charges and $1500 secured bond and $75 cash bail for outstanding capiases.

Gavaghan was arraigned and released on $7,000 unsecured bond.

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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  • Anne Gross Beal

    As a pro-lifer, I look at it this way; if women were allowed to sell their unwanted babies, maybe they’d stop killing them!

    • Kimberly Nix Murray

      very true! But babies are not cattle and not all buyers would be loving and kind that is why they need to be screened.

      • derp

        because foster care is that much better?

      • StaceyS

        Replying to Derp…

        I am a foster mom…and I only take infants and toddlers under 2. I can tell you that I am a very loving mom and my husband is a very fun dad…we take excellent care of the babies that are placed with us…we usually end up loving them and wanting to adopt them. Many times when the kids leave us, they are returning to parents who severely abused or neglected them. Foster care can be much better than the alternative!

      • Ernaldo T

        Like all parents are kind and nurturing? hahahaha

    • joe nuss

      Uh, that’s jacked up.

      The child’s obviously being dealt a “bullet” if they’re getting a parent who’s more interested in killing, selling or giving them up as far as this russian roulette of “what kind of parent will they end up with”.

      Guess what? Giving away your child is already an option Kimberly. It’s called Giving them Up fo Adoption and it’s the most compassionate choice second only to caring and rearing the child by the birth parent(s). The biggest difference is you’re not banking.

      If you open up that flood gate by allowing unwanted children to be sold then you’re pronouncing a death knell of the value of human life and hastening the devaluing of it. You’d reduce each of us to just another commodity. Poorly behaved children at any age can then be sold off to whomever. Elderly people can be sold off, the disabled can be sold off and basically reduce ourselves to property. Let’s welcome back slavery shall we?

      The better solution is for us to develop a moral back bone. Part of that spine is called taking proper responsibility for each of our actions which includes teaching our children that very same thing from the start!

      It’s called “getting to the root of a problem”.

    • Ken Teaff

      You can’t be serious. Women would start having many more babies as a means of making money. Creating a market in babies would be akin to slavery. Let’s say a woman is desperately broke and decides to sell her child. Do you think she’s going to be picky about the person to whom she sells the baby? A baby girl could end up in the hands of a prostitution ring while a baby boy could be raised by a drug cartel with plans to make him a stone killer. When babies become a commodity, they have no value to the buyer, except as a tool.

      I, too, am pro-life, but as a Christian, I believe that aborted babies go straight to heaven, as they are sinless. ( That does not excuse those who participate in the abortion [mother, doctor, nurse, and in most cases, the father], who will pay the consequences for their decision to kill the baby.) Abortion is wrong, wrong, wrong, but the selling of babies as cattle is just as bad.

  • bobsmith223

    Interesting to consider that people are so willing to pay for newborns, yet by the time those newborns are teenagers, parents will just about pay someone to take them off their hands.

  • Petey Kay

    That Gavaghan dude is old, old, old. As in, she’s 33 and he looks every bit of 60.

  • John Thomas

    It’s terrible that she set up a private adoption and denied a myriad of jobs that would be created by pushing the child through CPS, lawyers, doctors, judges and adoption agencies. The criminal government hates competition. Luckily, we can add prosecutors, police and defense attorneys to he mix. Yaaay!

    • Eyebelieve

      I agree with you John. I think the government does get too involved in personal affairs. And how can they say that she sold the child when there were no papers giving him legal custody of the child?

      • freecheese

        Eyebelieve: Obviously, you are a brain-dead liberal who needs to change your meds, and get off the weed bag!
        Your comments imply that the government has no business interceding in the case of a welfare mommy selling her kid.
        You are a sick mutt. Get some help.!

      • Ralph

        >you are a brain-dead liberal
        >Your comments imply that the government has no business interceding

        Conservatives are supposed to desire small government.
        Clearly the government has no business intervening when there has been no act of aggression against a victim’s property rights.

  • Michael R.

    Living home with mom and pumping out kids…have you heard of the Bell Shaped Curve?

    • Eyebelieve

      My mom always told me about a cool drug called Nosexatall. It includes taking cold showers.

      • cole

        haha! i’m going to borrow this one…

  • Paul in FL

    So now instead of going to a loving home the baby will end up in an institution awaiting adoption. Ridiculous. Should have let the sale go through. Another tragic example of there really not being free markets in this country.

    • Dee

      I am appalled at your comment. Selling a newborn baby to a man?? you surely are jest? What a disgusting “transaction”. That baby is not a “product to be sold”. A human being who should not be sold or bartered.
      Paul, have you sold any babies lately??

      • lookeeme

        Yeah! Only the state can sell babies! Jerk!

      • Ralph

        >A human being who should not be sold or bartered.

        Agreed. This is about guardianship over a child, not ownership of a child. Each human being is born a self-owner; children cannot be owned. (Although people can be violently enslaved and stuck in a cage which is what the government does if you are caught carrying the wrong kind of plant.)

      • David

        Lets all remember to ask Baby Christian what he would have preferred in 18 years. A one-time transaction in which he has zero knowledge, or almost 2 decades in a crumbling, bizarre, and dangerous foster care system in which he runs a substantial risk of being a victim of sexual crimes and an enormously high propensity towards becoming a criminal.

        The state should only be involved in screening the prospective purchaser of the guardian rights. This story is not nearly so terrible as the writer would have you believe.

    • Cat

      Into human trafficking, Paul?

    • Mike

      How do you know it was a loving home this child was going too? What if it were some baby f’er? You are a clown with the logic of a chimp, stop commenting on thing that are over your head you imbecile.

      • Ralph

        How do you know it was a loving home the child was leaving?
        How do you know the guy wasn’t trying to rescue the child?
        How does the State know it isn’t sending the child to a home full of abusers?

      • Ernaldo T

        Most babies are diddled by FAMILY members, so statistically speaking it would be safer with a total stranger, eh Einstein…….

  • Montford John Greenwood

    What would be the difference between selling the baby to a stranger or giving it to CPS?

    The child would probably be safer with the stranger.

    It’s her kid and if she and her husband/boyfriend needed the money, it’s their kid.

    It’s sad and disgusting but it’s their kid and no crime was committed, as the government does the same if not worse.

    • zerb

      There was a crime committed. It is called child trafficking! You can’t just sell your kid if you need money. Selling people is illegal. My God, you people on this site are scaring me!

      • Dee

        Well said!! It is a criminal act

      • Ernaldo T

        Want a real scare, attend a Democratic convention…..

      • David

        “Trafficking of children is a form of human trafficking. It is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receiving of children for the purpose of exploitation.”

        Prove to me that the purchaser intended to exploit the child and I’ll agree this is trafficking.

      • Keith

        Abort baby but don’t sell it..that’s a crime!

  • Charles

    good grief…the judge needs to be removed from the bench and be beat….he allowed both of them to bail out of jail….HELLO…am i the only one that sees something wrong here…

    both did a crime but were released with a slap on the wrist….

  • Ryan

    Maybe he wanted to obtain a human child to teach it mathematics?

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  • Dee

    Why is it always older guys and women 20 years younger in the news? Note to any woman being wooed by an much older man – run!

    • cm

      we’re not ALL bad.

  • Alex Storm

    why was his bail almost 10 times what hers was ? The sad irony is that now the state has taken away the child and will be giving him away to at least a dozen different people and paying them to take him in for the next 18 years.

  • ek

    Abortion is okay but selling the baby is not. Hmmm….

    • Dee

      Though shalt not kill.. pretty basic. Murdering an unborn child is just that murder. Genocide occurs each and every day and for those who are part of it , some day they will have to answer … Sickening to think of the cries of the unborn being killed.

  • boson Higgs

    He should have paid a Lawyer the $15,000.00, then it would have been legal.
    This is why you always need a lawyer.

    • Jeff Gerard

      True. I know a lawyer here in LA that “sells” babies through “private adoptions.” A healthy white newborn costs around $50,000 — more if it’s a boy. Yes, even on the black market boys are worth more than girls.

  • lukuj

    I think selling a child is terrible, but how ironic that if the child had been murdered before birth that would have been perfectly legal. What is worse, killing the child or selling it? I would go with killing it, but that wouldn’t result in an arrest as long as it hadn’t journeyed down the birth control yet.

  • The Cryptojournalist

    $15K for a newborn? Cheap for the black market…….

  • ObamaLied

    Oh Delaware…plus being a female…that means there is a high chance she is an Obama Voter.

    • Jeff Gerard

      Please have yourself sterlized for the good of society.

      • Keefer Beefer

        Because he is right?

        You are a idiot wrapped in a moron and it is you that should not procreate.

  • drink mountain doo

    fantasy now here’s reality take a look

  • HK

    If this was just a private adoption type of thing, why would it be a crime? Unless the buyer was intending to murder the kid and use his body fat to make candles for a black mass, I don’t get what’s the big deal. But similarly, I don’t get why they didn’t do the adoption the legal way.

    • Ralph

      >why would it be a crime?

      Because everything not expressly permitted by the State is a crime.
      Didn’t they teach you in the State child concentration camp?

      • zerb

        Is snarking in favor of slavery now the cool way to express libertarian views? Apparently law enforcement preventing trafficking in children is nanny statism now.

      • Ralph

        zerb, I didn’t see anything here about slavery until you mentioned it.

        FWIW I support a child’s right to run away and choose new guardians.

    • Ralph

      Also, freely acting people performing private adoptions would threaten the State’s monopoly over the child guardianship market.

      If there’s one thing organized crime hates, it’s competition.

      • zerb

        Ralph, the reason there are laws against trafficking in children is because buying and selling humans is known as slavery.

        A 4-=week old baby obviously isn’t old enough to choose new guardians.

        I can’t believe things like this have to be explained.

  • Carolyn

    CORRECTION: I can’t understand with all of the birth control on the market today, how a woman, who doesn’t want a child gets herself pregnant anyway!
    If she didnt want the child, why wouldn’t she have just put the child up for a legal adoption…DAH!!!

    • Laura

      cuz she gives the child away- not sells the baby for a quick n cool $15 GRAND-
      that will buy her A LOT of coke- (and not the drink)

  • Carolyn

    I can’t understand with all of the birth control on the market today, how a woman who doesn’t want a child gets herself pregnant!! If she didn’t want the child why would she have just put the child up for a legal adoption…DAH!!!


    ME TOO!

  • ck

    I am curious as to why a 54 year old man would want an infant son? I hate to say it but I hope the police search that man’s computer to see if he was into something more nefarious. So glad that these two were stopped and the baby is presumably safer.

    • Armyof1

      I’m also glad that these two were caught before something REALLY bad happened. I’m equally glad that the little guy is safe and hopefully some caring couple will give him a wonderful, loving home. All babies deserve that. All CHILDREN deserve that. @ hk, this was not a ‘private adoption’. She was “SELLING” her son to this man. There’s a difference.

    • HK

      Or, maybe, he just wanted to have a son. People sometimes become parents unreasonably late in life these days (50+, 60+).

      • ck

        I think you are being very naive. I will bet there is evidence to be found on that guys computer.

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