UPDATE: The bizarre story of the former $1 million Missouri Lottery winner who tried to sell her grandson just keeps getting stranger. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating whether Patty Bigbee sold her daughter 26 years ago. Read the update after the jump ...
You wouldn't think that Patty Bigbee would be hard up for money. A couple of years ago, she won a $1 million Missouri Lottery jackpot. But she's accused of trying to sell her 10-week-old grandson over Facebook for $75,000.
A deplorable act by itself, but Bigbee is accused of taking it further. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Bigbee tried to cheat the baby's mama on her cut of the "fee." Cold-blooded.
Here's how the deal allegedly went down, according to the Sentinel:
Last week, the 45-year-old grandmother from Volusia County tried toWorst. Grandma. Ever. She's also, quite possibly, the worst human being on the planet.
broker a deal on Facebook to have another daughter -- one she hadn't seen
in decades -- pay $75,000 in exchange for the infant, records show.
The deal culminated Friday in a Best Buy parking lot in Daytona Beach,
where Bigbee was arrested.
Skiver, who she gave up for adoption decades ago, via Facebook. Bigbee learned that
the 27-year-old and her husband wanted more children. Bigbee offered them Aidan. The Skivers agreed
to adopt him. But then Bigbee allegedly told Skiver that
Bigbee-Fleming wanted a "fee" for her son.
So what's the asking price for an 11-month-old boy? $75,000.
After learning this, Skiver did what any rational human being would do: She called the cops.
Then she started working with authorities to set up a sting. Skiver began
bargaining for the boy, haggling until Bigbee dropped the price
to $30,000, which she told Skiver to make payable to her via cashier's
check. Turns out, Bigbee-Fleming thought the asking fee was $10,000.
From the Sentinel:
Bigbee's plan all along was to give Bigbee-Fleming -- Aidan's
mother -- $9,000 and keep $21,000 for herself, FDLE agents said. She
told Bigbee-Fleming the deal was to sell the child for $10,000.
No honor among alleged thieves, even if they are blood relations.
UPDATE: Florida authorities are now investigating whether Bigbee sold her biological duaghter, Danielle
Skiver, who she gave up for adoption in the '80s, the Sentinel reported.
In the story, Skiver says Bigbee kept approaching her adoptive parents, Gail and
Kenneth Wingo, while they waited for the adoption to be finalized "insinuating that it would be easier not
to take me back if they gave her money or bought her a car.
"I had always heard she was not a good person," Skiver said, "but this is devastating."
Bigbee giving Skiver up for adoption ended up being best for Skiver. With the young boy in the care of Florida's Department of Children & Families, hopefully he also finds a good home.