OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma mother now faces a felony charge for allegedly trying to sell her baby to two different couples.
Oklahoma City Police first started investigating this case four years ago, back in 2011, when an adoptive couple from Maryland called the department to file a complaint.
According to the probable cause affidavit, adoptive parents, Michael and Alexandra Walker, called police because they’d been scammed by a birth mother.
The police investigation revealed birth mother, Alicia Sweeney, promised her unborn child to two prospective adoptive couples, one in Florida and the Walkers in Maryland.
Police say both the Walkers and the Florida couple, Milutin and Mirjana Jeftic, paid the birth mom big bucks during the pregnancy because they believed she had promised them her baby.
“During the course of her pregnancy, they paid between $16,000 and $19,000 in living expenses and in some of her doctors appointments,” said OCPD Capt. Paco Balderrama.
According to the police report, Sweeney was represented by Edmond Law Firm, Bado & Bado. According to the firm website, Barbara and John Terry Bado specialize in adoption law.
The baby was delivered at Deaconess Hospital in 2011.
The Jeftics took the child home, and the Walkers went home empty-handed, despite paying thousands of dollars in fees and medical costs for the birth mom.
“The crime comes in when you basically make an agreement with two different people,” Capt. Balderrama said. “Although the charge is trafficking a child. It’s really a scam. It’s fraud because you are promising two sets of families that you are going to allow them to adopt your baby.”
Four years after the birth, Alicia Sweeney was finally arrested.
“It’s against the law in our state and several other states,” Capt. Balderrama said. “You can’t do that. It comes down to almost selling your kid.”
Sweeney has been on the run since 2011. She stood before an Oklahoma County Judge Tuesday in court, on video.
According to court records, Sweeney is represented by the a public defender now. She is behind bars at the Oklahoma County jail facing a felony charge for child trafficking.
As far as police know, the adopted baby is still with the Jeftic family.
Bado & Bado Law Firm issued the following statement:
We were made aware of the situation a few years ago. We cooperated fully and completely with the grand jury investigation. Adoptions are confidential matters, and we do not wish for the names of the involved parties to be made public. We plan to cooperate fully with any ongoing legal inquiry.
NewsChannel 4 contacted the Walker family through their attorney, Suzanne Nichols. They have not commented on the case.
We were unable to make contact with the Jeftic family.