Texas woman gets 6 years in prison for selling 7-year-old son to pay off drug debt


DALLAS — A Corpus Christi, Texas, woman who tried to pay off a drug debt by selling her 7-year-old son for $2,500 has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Esmeralda Barron Garza was sentenced Friday before 105th District Judge Jack Pulcher as part of a plea agreement, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

In addition to her conviction on three counts of selling or purchasing a child, Garza was convicted of conspiracy to sell or purchase a child and money laundering, according to Nueces County court records.

Each count of trying to sell her child drew a six-year prison term, and the additional convictions carry a two-year sentence. Garza will serve all of those sentences concurrently, the judge ruled.

She was arrested in June and told authorities she needed to get out of a drug debt, which is why she sold her son and tried to sell two of her daughters, Corpus Christi television station KRIS-TV reported.

Garza’s daughters are 2 and 3, according to the Caller-Times.

It is unclear where Garza’s children are now. Child Protective Services would not comment, citing a gag order in the case, KRIS reported.

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