Posted: Jul 12, 2012 10:21 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2012 7:34 AM
A Laurel County couple is behind bars because police say they traded their truck for a baby.
But a friend of the jailed couple says what they did was in the best interest of a baby boy.
Husband and wife Jeremy and Jamiee Brown hold hands as they're escorted to the Laurel County jail, accused of trading their 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck for a newborn baby boy.
"It sounds outlandish; it really does," admits Lt. Rodney Van Zant of the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.
The Browns' friend and occasional roommate Richard Haas believes the wrong people are in jail.
"That baby is in the best shape. I know the mother. She's a drug addict. So they did the best thing," says Haas.
Investigators say the mother is Heather Kaminskey, a 30-year-old from Corbin who is also wanted on methamphatimine charges. Deputies say she was living in Florida, and Social Services there had already taken two children from her.
"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.
"My friends didn't do the best thing, but they meant the best," says Haas.
"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 Kaminskey 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 Heather Kaminskey, who will also face a human trafficking of a victim under the age of 18 charge.