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Woman found guilty of trying to sell her child to pay for bail

A woman was found guilty yesterday of trying to sell her 2-year-old son for $250 to get out of a Carroll County jail to await trial on a drug charge.

Judith Ann Garland, 20, of Baltimore was convicted of one count of child selling, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., who found Garland guilty after hearing a prosecutor's account of the case, also barred the woman from having contact with her son, now nearly 3 years old, and the couple she offered to sell him to.

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A state police investigation last fall showed that Garland had offered to give up parental rights to her son in exchange for $250 in bail money, Amy Blank Ocampo, an assistant state's attorney for Carroll County, told the court yesterday. In October, Garland contacted a Harford County woman - a cousin of the boy's father - who has temporary custody of the child.

In June, Judge Michael M. Galloway ordered Garland to attend a drug treatment program in Crownsville, according to court documents. Court records also show that Garland left the center two months later after getting caught having sex with a male resident, prompting an arrest warrant for her failure to complete the program.

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Garland will remain jailed at the Carroll detention center pending her Nov. 10 sentencing hearing.


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