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Texas woman charged with offering 3-year-old son for adoption on Craigslist

Stephanie Christine Redus of Huffman, Texas, was scheduled back in court next week on charges that she put her son up for adoption on Craigslist. Philip Mena of NBC station KPRC of Houston reports.

A Texas woman was free on bail Wednesday on charges that she offered her 3-year-old son up for adoption on Craigslist to ease her anxiety.

The woman, Stephanie Christine Redus, of Huffman, near Houston, was freed Tuesday after she posted $1,000 bond on a state charge of advertising the placement of a child, a misdemeanor. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Houston next week.


No one answered the doorbell when a reporter went to Redus' home in Huffman this week, NBC station KPRC of Houston reported.

Court records say Redus, 29, posted the ad, which has been removed from Craigslist, on May 1. It 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.


Redus got several responses, some of which she replied to, the complaint says. One of them was from Deon Thomas — who turned out to be a Houston police officer.

The complaint alleges that Redus went so far as to ask one prospective parent for a picture and information about his other children. But Redus told investigators she never really intended to give up her son up, saying she was off her depression and anxiety medications at the time.

The reason she was off the medications?

She's pregnant again, according to court records.

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