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Florida woman behind bars, accused of attempting to sell grandson

By the CNN Wire Staff
Patty Bigbee tried to sell her baby grandson for $30,000, police said.
Patty Bigbee tried to sell her baby grandson for $30,000, police said.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police say Patty Bigbee tried to sell 8-week-old boy for $30,000
  • Her boyfriend is also charged
  • The baby was turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families
RELATED TOPICS
  • Florida
  • Crime and Law

(CNN) -- A Florida grandmother and her boyfriend were in jail Monday after trying to sell the woman's 8-week-old grandson for $30,000, police said.

Patty Bigbee, 45, and her boyfriend, Lawrence Works, 42, were arrested and charged last week.

Bigbee is accused of having approached a potential buyer in late October, offering to sell the infant for $75,000, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said in a statement.

The would-be-buyer then contacted authorities.

Together, they negotiated the price of the baby down to $30,000 and agreed to meet, the statement said. Bigbee and her boyfriend arranged the sale for Friday, at which point officers swept in.

"Our agents were there to safely recover the child and to take the two individuals involved into custody," said Heather Smith, a spokeswoman for the FDLE.

The infant was turned over to the Department of Children and Families. His mother is incarcerated on unrelated charges.

Bigbee's bail was set at $100,000, while Works' was put at $50,000, Smith said. Both are in the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach, Florida.