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.