Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:07 PM
The case of a Laurel County couple accused of trading their pickup truck for a baby was waived to a grand jury on Tuesday.
Husband and wife Jeremy and Jamiee Brown are accused of trading their 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck from the mother of a newborn baby boy, Heather Kaminsky, back in January.
"It sounds outlandish; it really does," admits Lt. Rodney Van Zant of the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators say Kaminsky, a 30-year-old from Corbin, is also wanted on methamphatimine charges. Deputies say she was living in Florida, and Social Services there had already taken two children from her. So far, she is still not in custody.
"She fled to Kentucky to have the child and avoid that child being taken by Social Services," says Lt. Van Zant.
Investigators say the trade happened in January, not long after Kaminsky gave birth. Since then, the baby boy, now six-months-old, was allegedly being raised at Kaminsky's childhood friend Jaimee Brown's home with Jamiee's husband Jeremy, and their three children.
"I honestly believe they had the best intentions," says Lt. Van Zant. "But the way they went about it was the wrong way."
Investigators say Kaminsky eventually sold the truck for $800 and some meth. The Browns face human trafficking charges and possibly up to 20 years in jail if convicted.
Investigators say the baby boy shows no signs of abuse, and is with Social Services. Authorities are working with Florida police to find Kaminsky, who will also face a human trafficking of a victim under the age of 18 charge.
The Browns are due back in court on August 17.