Mom puts son, 3, up for Craigslist adoption

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on May 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

HOUSTON – A 29-year-old mother who suffers from depression and anxiety says she placed a public ad offering to give her three-year-old son up for adoption because she was off her meds, according to Houston police.

Stephanie Christine Redus was charged with advertising for placement of a child; a misdemeanor.

Police ran across a Craigslist ad seeking a good home for a three-year-old.

The posting read, “Hi. I’m trying to adopt out my 3yr old son. I’m not in a good place in my life and don’t feel like I can care for him properly but I don’t know where to start. If you or know anyone who is interested in caring for him please let me know. I’m a single mom and can’t do this. Thanks, Desperate.”

Craigslist was served a grand jury subpoena ordering the release of the person’s profile responsible for the posting. That profile was matched to Redus.

During a recorded interview on May 9, Redus admitted to placing the ad, but said she never intended to give up her child. The mom said she only spoke to one person, and asked if they had any additional children and requested to see pictures of their home, according to court documents.

Redus was feeling guilty after making her initial statement and returned to the police department on May 13 in order to clear the air.

During another recorded interview, Redus told investigators she was bothered because she did not tell the complete truth. She then said she posted the ad while she was at her job in Humble and that she actually replied to several people about the adoption.

Redus said she is pregnant and has not been able to take her medication to combat her depression and anxiety. The ad, she said, was just a way to help her with her anxiety.

Neighbors were used to seeing the little boy playing with his toy cars and chickens outside his mom's home in Huffman.

“I see the little boy over there playing in the swimming pool a couple of times and running around in his birthday suit,” said John Kirby.

They were shocked to learn what his mother was accused of doing.

“Blessings from God are always a privilege, not to be put on craigslist,” said Peg Kirby. “Honey, I think you need to talk to the lord before making a decision like that.”

Redus' bail was set at $1,000.  Her son is now in the care of his father.

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