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Abilene mother sentenced to prison for selling newborn for $2k

By Ariana Garza, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 28 2013 12:07:48 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 28 2013 12:19:08 PM CDT

Joanna Delacruz was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury on April 19, 2012. She was arrested Nov. 10 after she allegedly tried to sell her infant on Sept. 24, 2011.

ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene woman was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for selling her newborn to another woman for $2,000.

According to court records, 30-year-old Joanna Delacruz sold her baby to 29-year-old Marilu Munoz after the baby was born in September 2011.

Police officers said she admitted to the sale and also to using Munoz’s name and personal information to apply for Medicaid benefits. According to police, Delacruz went straight to Munoz’s home after she was discharged from the hospital and told her “here, the baby is yours.”

Munoz is currently serving probation after she was sentenced to seven years deferred adjudication in July 2012.