INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An Indiana couple has agreed to plead guilty to trying to purchase a baby from a homeless couple for about $300, officials said.
If a judge approves the plea deal, Michael Overby, 57, would serve four years in prison, while his wife, Debbie Overby, 50, would serve two years; both would serve terms of probation upon their release, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Investigators said the Oberbys agreed to pay a homeless woman, Rose Faucett, 37, about $300 for her daughter, Anna Marie Rose Overby. The baby was born April 2 at Wishard Memorial Hospital.
Prosecutors said Michael Overby signed an affidavit at the hospital saying he was the baby’s father so the Overbys could get legal custody of the baby.
Overby agreed to plead guilty to forgery and conspiracy to commit child selling, the newspaper said, while Debbie Overby agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit baby selling.
The Overbys, Faucett and Phillip A. Hester, 58, made a deal to give the baby to the Overbys at birth, prosecutors said.