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POLICE: Hardin County mother tried to sell her baby -- twice

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Hardin County mother tried to sell her newborn baby -- twice.

Elizabethtown Police say Leeanna Brown wanted as much as $5,000 for the little girl.  Court records say Brown tried to sell the child to her cousin and then another person.

The 24-year-old mother was originally charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, but those charges have now been upgraded to selling a child, a felony.  Police say they are considering two more charges after they discovered she has two other children living with two different families and that they may have been sold as well.

The cousin went to police when Brown wanted the baby back, saying she was trying to collect enough money to pay court fines and attorney fees from prior convictions. Elizabethtown Police Officer Virgil Willoughby said, "It's bizarre. You can't just arbitrarily make a decision I'm going to give this child to person A, B, or C and take money in exchange for that. No. you can't do that. "

"I seen them walking through the trailer park and they were carrying the baby in the baby seat and that's all I know," says Brenda Bruer.  She says almost all of the neighbors on Hawkins Drive knew the lady in trailer eight just had a baby:  "She says, can you make me a baby blanket, I'm due in December. So I got all the stuff down there and took it down there."

WDRB obtained records revealing Brown has been convicted of check fraud, shoplifting, and most recently possession of a controlled substance.

CPS took emergency custody of all three children.

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