Heidi Knowles, Washington State Mom, Tries To Sell Baby in Taco Bell


A mom tried to sell her baby for $500 in a Taco Bell in Vancouver, Washington last week, joining a long tradition of people attempting to sell their children in down-market chains. 36-year-old Heidi Knowles approached a woman at the restaurant and tried to hand her her baby boy, making it clear that he was for sale. The woman called 911 and Knowles was arrested. She and the baby had been living in a motel; Knowles had reportedly claimed to be the mother of five children, but none lived with her other than the baby in question. The surprising thing about this story is how un-surprising it is. Seems like every week we read another “People Try to Sell Baby” story. In no particular order:

Rose Faucett & Phillip Hester Agree to Sell Their Baby to Sex Offender for $300

Couple arrested outside Walmart for ‘trying to sell their baby for $25’

Grandma Arrested For Trying To Sell Baby!!!

Man tries to sell baby daughter, police say

Bad Babysitter: Michigan Teen Tries to Sell 2-Year-Old Cousin On eBay

Florida Cops: Parents Tried to Sell Baby in Store Parking Lot for $30

German police investigate mom who put baby on eBay

And so on. Most of these stories have a number of elements in common: 1) attempt to sell a human baby, 2) questionable venue of sale (Walmart, Taco Bell, Petsmart parking lot), 3) use of eBay or Craigslist, and 4) asking for a sad, puny amount of money ($25??). This is crying out for a trend piece.

[Seattle Times]