DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas mother who is accused of attempting to sell her baby online didn’t want anyone to know who she was Friday.
She hid under a blanket in 97-degree Dallas heat as police escorted her to a squad car. Now, sitting in a cell at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, she wants everyone to know her story.
“I never was trying to sell my child,” Hill said.
The 26-year-old is charged with child abandonment and is accused of posting the Craigslist ad last week, offering her four-month-old son, Eden, “for sale.”
The Florida woman who responded to the ad backed out.
“I believe everybody makes a mistake. When she felt what I was saying, that I was trying to sell my child, I believe she did make a mistake,” Hill said.
Hill says it wasn’t a Craigslist ad either. It was a newspaper where she was looking for someone to adopt, not buy, her child. But Hill could not remember the name of the newspaper.
“I can’t remember off the top of my head,” she said.
The ad isn’t the only trouble hill is facing. She was charged Friday with abandoning that same child inside her apartment. An apartment manager found the baby home alone.
When asked where she was during that time, Hill took a deep breath and sighed.
“I was literally outside,” she said.
She said she’d been gone for 10 minutes. Police told her it was probably an hour. Hill said she wasn’t far from her mailboxes. She went outside because she was depressed.
“It was post partum depression. I had it before. So, my midwife prescribed me Zoloft,” she said.
As for the adoption ad, Hill was reportedly trying to sidestep attorney fees. Dallas Attorney Lee Clemons, doesn’t advise that.
“Aside from the fact it’s very technical, you have to dot every i and cross every t, even if you were smart enough to do that, the child needs an attorney,” Clemons said.
Hill wishes she could take it all back now.
“It’s kind of hard just being here and not having them you know.
Not tucking them in at night. Just not being able to go to bed and just like I was saying, be happy like we were,” she said, tears streaming down her cheeks.
Attorney, Lee Clemons said, there are a number of agencies, including The Dallas Bar Association, that would have set up the adoption for free.
The only thing is, Brittany Hill wouldn’t have received any money from it.
But, now Hill says, she wants to keep the the baby.