POSTED: Saturday, December 22, 2007
Maghen Duvala and Robert Ellingson
Escambia County Sheriff's Office booking photos of Maghen Duvala and Robert Ellingson
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A couple was charged Friday with trying to sell their 2-month-old baby for $30 in a store parking lot, authorities said.
Robert G. Ellingson, 23, approached two people in the PetSmart parking lot and offered them a beer. When they refused, he offered to sell his child, Escambia County Sheriff's officials said.
"At first they thought it was a joke," sheriff's spokesman Glenn Austin told the Pensacola News Journal. "But then the mother yelled to the group that they were trying to sell the baby. And one of them called us."
Ellingson and Maghen Duvala, 25, the baby's mother, were each charged with four counts of child neglect. They were being held in Escambia County jail -- he for $27,000 and she for $15,000. It was not immediately known if they had legal representation. They were expected to make a first appearance Saturday.