Mom Charged With Attempting to Sell Newborn at Taco Bell

By: CBS News Email
By: CBS News Email

Washington - July 19, 2011 -

Heidi Gasaway covers her face as she leaves a Clark County courtroom, now accused of an unthinkable crime.

"I just don't understand how she would take a baby like that and try to sell it."

Oliver Morris owns Kay's Motel, where Gasaway was arrested last Friday.

He had rented a room to the woman earlier in the week, and noticed that she had a brand new infant with her.

He was in shock when police told him why they were taking her into custody.

"She was trying to sell the baby to get some money so she could skip town, go someplace else so she could start a new life"

The attempted sale of her three day old baby took place at a nearby Taco Bell.

According to court documents, Gasaway approached a woman at the restaurant and made the offer.

The asking price? Between $500 and $5,000.

The woman refused, and called 911 when Gasaway left.

Police tracked her down to the motel and arrested her.

She is now charged with a Class C Felony and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

A horrifying case, but even Oliver Morris sees a bright side.

"At least the baby's alive, let's put it that way. I would rather see the baby taken into foster care rather than her try and get rid of it some other way and skip town."

The baby is now in state custody.

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