Kentucky residents Jamie and Jeremy Brown could spend up to 20 years in jail after trading their 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck for a baby boy.
The highly unusual swap took place last January, shortly after the infant was born. The mother, a 30-year old drug addict named Heather Kaminsky, fled from Florida to Kentucky to give birth because she was afraid that social services would take her child away on account of her heavy drug use. According to investigators working on the case this has already happened to two of Kaminsky's infants.
After taking the baby in the Browns raised him with their three biological children in their home outside of Lexington, Kentucky. He was in good health and showed no signs of abuse when he was taken away from them several days ago.
Jamie and Jeremy have pleaded not guilty to charges of human trafficking.
"[The Browns] probably didn't do the best thing, really, but they meant the best," affirmed Richard Haas, a friend of both the Browns and Kaminsky, in an interview with Kentucky's WLEX television station.
Police say that Kaminsky later sold the Dakota for $800 and some meth. Her whereabouts are currently unknown but she will face drug and human trafficking charges when she is found.