Mother Sells Children To Pay Drug Debt
A Texas woman who Esmerelda Garza of Corpus Christi, who sold her son for $2,500to settle a drug debt has been sentenced to six years in prison.
She was convicted of three counts of selling or purchasing a child, a third-degree felony. She also was convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to sell or purchase a child, state jail felonies.
Garza was given six years for selling her children and two years for the other charges. The sentences will run concurrently.
In June, Texas Department of Public Safety special agents found a 7-year-old boy at a home in Corpus Christi while executing a search warrant.
“Further investigation revealed two more female children, ages 2 and 3, who were in the process of being sold,” a news release stated at the time.
A woman told investigators she purchased the child from Garza for $2,500, according to an arrest affidavit.
“Garza stated that she and her boyfriend owe drug money and gave her child to (the woman) who (paid) $500 cash and clear the (owed) debt and an extra $700 when the ‘custody paperwork’ was signed,” the report states.