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Woman accused of trying baby-for-dog trade

April 8th, 2002, 12:07 PM
Woman accused of trying baby-for-dog trade
April 4, 2002 Posted: 8:44 AM EST (1344 GMT)

ENID, Oklahoma (AP) -- A woman accused of trying to trade her baby girl for a Chihuahua puppy has been charged with trafficking in children.

Kathryn A. Smith, 21, surrendered on an outstanding warrant Friday and was released after an initial court appearance.

Prosecutors said Smith offered to give her mother's neighbor custody of her 7-month-old daughter if the woman gave her a Chihuahua she was selling for $200.

Smith later upped the price to $2,000, authorities said. The neighbor told police she agreed because she believed Smith was neglecting the child and she wanted to help the girl, authorities said. The deal was never completed.

Smith, who now lives in Springdale, Arkansas, briefly stayed with the neighbor last April after she was kicked out of her mother's home.

Smith signed papers allowing the woman to seek medical treatment for the baby if necessary and promised to give her legal custody, an affidavit said. Smith's mother later told the neighbor Smith tried to sell the child in Arkansas, authorities said.

The girl remains in Smith's custody.