Four charged with alleged baby selling

April 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS, April 13 (UPI) -- A new mother, the Indianapolis couple who took her in when she was pregnant and the alleged father of her child were charged Wednesday with selling the baby.

One of the defendants, Michael Overby, 57, was convicted in 1984 of molesting children, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Overby, his sister-in-law, Debbie Overby, 50, Rose Faucett, 36, and Phillip Hester, 58, appeared in court Wednesday morning. All were charged with conspiracy to sell a child. Michael Overby was also charged with forgery for allegedly signing a false affidavit claiming to be the father of Faucett's child, while she is charged with conspiracy to commit forgery.

A tearful Debbie Overby, the only one of the four out on bail, told reporters after the hearing she was only being a Good Samaritan when she found Faucett homeless and hungry.

"I did what anyone with a heart would do," she said. "I fed her and cooked for her and took her to the doctor."

Debbie Overby, who was married to Michael's late brother, has a conviction for child neglect. Because of their felony convictions, the couple would have been unable to adopt a child legally.

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