CORPUS CHRISTI (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Last year a Texas woman was arrested, accused of selling her 7-year-old son and trying to sell her two young daughters to settle a drug debt.
This week Esmerelda Garza, of Corpus Christi, was convicted of three counts of selling or purchasing a child.
Officials had been executing a drug warrant when they found a 7-year-old who had been sold for $2,500. It was then they learned that two girls, ages 2 and 3 at the time, were also in the process of being sold.
Garza, who was also convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to sell or purchase a child, accepted a plea deal of six years for selling her children and two years for the other charges. The sentences will run concurrently.
A Child Protective Services (CPS) case is pending.