Florida Mom Accused of Trying to Sell Son

By: Jonathan Petramala Email
By: Jonathan Petramala Email

August 22, 2011 -

It's a situation most parents can't begin to imagine, willingly trading your own child for a small sum of money. But authorities say that's exactly what one Florida mother was trying to do with her 5-year-old son.

Accused of trying to sell her own son, 29-year-old Jessica Mickles faced a judge wearing jail stripes.
Her next door neighbors say they knew it was only a matter of time, but even this charge was surprising.

"We knew there was something going on, but I never thought someone would stoop that low to sell their child," says Timothy Pillion, Mickles' neighbor.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's office says Mickles tried to barter her son to a couple she met at church for $2000. But instead of taking the offer, James Gardner told detectives Saturday morning about the deal.

Within hours, a sting was set up, and deputies arrested Mickles when they say she showed up in Seminole to sell her son.
Skylar Wilson says the 5-year-old was always knocking on her door.

"'I want to come over to your house. I don't want to go to my mom's," says Skylar Wilson, a neighbor.

It may have been because of the living conditions inside his home next door.

"There's a time when they didn't have any toilet paper. She'd come over and ask for toilet paper because he used his socks and clothes as toilet paper," Wilson says.

Officials say the boy is unharmed and safe in child protective custody while his mom sits in jail with a $10,000 bond for trying to sell him.

Officials say the child doesn't have any relatives in the state.
Authorities will meet today to try to figure out who should get custody of the boy.


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  • by yikes! on Aug 22, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    I see florida is lowering the bar once again when it comes to child care? It must not take much to be an outstanding parent around here. should clean the swamp water out of your gene pool!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    I'd adopt that little boy in a heart beat. But by the time the legal system hoops had been jumped through, the kid would be 16.
  • by Foxgloves Location: Tlh on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    Wonder how many hundreds of thousands of dollars she has already cost the working taxpayers that are not slopping from the public trough. She will have another and another and keep those welfare checks rolling in.
  • by sad Location: ga on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    what asick world. this happens alot.women selling their children for crack. parents like that deserve the death pentaly
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Aug 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    Thats too much for a 5 year old boy child. You can do better than that. BR549
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    How much are they going for these days? I could use a lawn care kid.
  • by truth on Aug 22, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    another white trash meth head!!
  • by DANNY Location: TALLAHASSEE on Aug 22, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    PLEASE DO WHAR EVER THEY DO TO A WOMAN TO KEEP HER FROM HAVING ANOTHER CHILD.
  • by lorim on Aug 22, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    why? Maybe this sweet baby will now have a chance at a normal life.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 07:40 AM in reply to lorim
      Maybe he will live his life knowing what his mother really thinks of him, and these thought will haunt him for the rest of his life. Then again maybe you're right, but how are we to know.
  • by Erin Location: Georgia on Aug 22, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    This is exactly why we need more people to become foster parents and why we need a better Family Services program in this country.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 07:47 AM in reply to Erin
      How would more foster parents have prevented this. Do you know any foster kids? These kids get shuffled from home to home, and most don't have a very stable home life, and this affects every area of their life (school, work, sports, etc). Why would you want more foster patents, and not more adoptive parents? I have fostered several children, and worked with many, and most foster kids still do not have stable homes. They get taken care of, they get fed, sent to school, have a roof over their head and clothes on their back, but for many, this is where it ends. Many of these kids are not really loved and they know it.
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        by rob on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:54 AM in reply to
        THe only issue with being an adoptive parent is are the related costs...its actually cheaper to adopt from overseas than in our own backyard...
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          by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM in reply to rob
          I agree with you, this can and should be addressed. Adoption is much better for the children. We are seriously messing these children up by making is almost impossible to adopt children in our own neighborhoods, cities, and state. The foster program serves a purpose, and that is to provide a safe temporary home, but many children are in foster care until they reach 18(not temporary), and then what? They are sent on their way with the same garbage bag half full of clothes that they came into foster care with.
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