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Phila. mom charged with selling child

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3 -- A Philadelphia woman has been charged with selling her 2-year-old son to a stranger so she could buy cocaine, police said Friday. Keshaun Vanderhorst has been missing since Sept. 26, the day his mother, Tina Vanderhorst, told police she sold him for $500.

Police said Vanderhorst told detectives a woman who knocked on her door paid for Keshaun in $20 bills, then drove away in a blue, four-door sedan. When police asked what she did with the money, Vanderhorst replied, 'Got high.' Vanderhorst, who has been in jail since last month for violating parole on a drug conviction, was charged with dealing in infants, child endangerment and corrupting the morals of a minor. Vanderhorst gave birth to Keshaun in Muncy state prison and regained custody last year after completeing a drug rehabilitation program. Vanderhorst had three other children who died in the 1980s before their first birthday. The deaths were listed as due to natural causes, but the Philadelphia Medical Examiner reopened the cases following Keshaun's disappearance. Vanderhorst has two other children, ages 7 and 8, who are in the care of their paternal grandfather.

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