Stranger in Walmart checkout line arrested after allegedly offering mother $500K cash to purchase her baby

CROCKETT, Texas – A woman who authorities said attempted to buy another woman’s infant son as they stood in a Crockett Walmart checkout line is out on bond.

According to the mother, an unknown woman, later identified as 49-year-old Rebecca Taylor, approached her shopping cart, which had her two kids inside, as they waited to purchase their items.

Taylor allegedly started making comments about the smallest of the two children before asking the mom if she could buy him for $250,000.

The mother refused, causing Taylor to grow louder and up the ante, offering $500,000 while threatening that she would take the infant.

The mother was able to get her children safely away from Taylor, then reported the incident to authorities.

Taylor was arrested and charged with sale or purchase of a child, which is a third-degree felony in the state of Texas.

She was released Thursday from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office on a $50,000 bond.

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