Stephanie Redus Arrested For Putting 3-Year-Old Son Up For Adoption on Craigslist

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Just when you thought you'd heard it all, Texas mother Stephanie Redus, 29, was arrested after attempting to put her three-year-old son on Craigslist.

For adoption.

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Redus, 29, told authorities that she placed the ad because she struggles with depression and anxiety. She is currently pregnant. The ad stated:

"Hi, I'm trying to adopt out my three-year-old son. I'm not in a good place in my life and don't feel like I can care for him properly, but don't know where to start."

"If you or know anyone who is interested in caring for him please let me know. I'm a single mom and can't do this. Thanks, Desperate."

The May 1 posting has since been taken down by Craigslist, but not before police got word of it and questioned Redus after locating her through the ad.

"The defendant stated that she did make the post but never intended to give ... [the] child up for adoption," an officer told the Houston Chronicle.

"The defendant responded that she is currently pregnant and has not been able to take her medication to combat her depression and anxiety."

Redus told authorities that "the posting was to help with her anxiety," and a neighbor who lives near Redus said he felt the boy seemed well cared for.

"You'd see them out here playing," John Kirby told KTRK. "The little boy, he goes around riding a little electric police car he's got. Nothing unusual."

The child is now with Child Protective Services. Redus is charged with advertising for placement of a child and is scheduled to appear in court May 21.


She wasn't trying to sell her kid. Could have been a prank.


she wanted to please paedophiles by selling her kid?


Judge not lest ye be judged


Weird. But how is it.any different from putting an.adoption ad in the paper? I see those often.

@ montana

I agree completely! She didn't abuse, put the kid in a dumpster, much worse things could have have been done. I would say put her to death if she was selling her kid for was adoption.


i mean seriously i mean next time give the kid to someone else who cant have children or give it to the people at the adoption....... but really that was just some bull shit that some people should not do!!! would you want someone to do that too you if you where that age or do it to you when you where little i mean if it was me i would have been all like what is wrong with these people...........................................

@ Bambibug16

so true how is it different except no one is getting paid.

@ tcrepar

There is a huge difference! Adoption agencies do a series of background checks, while this woman was ready to give her child to anyone answering an ad on Craigslist. You people who don't see this as a problem have no morals and are seriously disgusting!


that was so much a gosh wierd thing who does something like that to a child