NJ woman charged with allegedly selling her newborn baby

A city woman with New Jersey roots was arrested Thursday on charges of allegedly selling her newborn baby for $1,700, according to Lycoming County Chief Detective William Weber.

In addition to the misdemeanor charge of dealing in infant children, Keanaendigo M. James, 22, formerly of the 800 block of Hepburn Street, faces another charge of theft by deception for taking the money for the baby, but never turning the infant over to the woman who gave her the cash, Weber said.

James “entered into an agreement to give her newborn baby to Charlene Davis. The agreement was based on James receiving $1,700 for the sale of the baby. James signed a notarized agreement where upon she agreed to give (up) the baby girl in August,” Weber said in an affidavit.

It was Davis’ sister, Gladys Johnson, who actually paid Davis for the baby, Weber said. The baby was born in last July and went home with her father two days later, Weber said. Neither Davis nor Johnson ever received the baby.

An arrest warrant was filed in mid-December, but James was not arrested until this week. “She bounces between New Jersey and Williamsport, and may be evicted from 804 Hepburn St.,” Weber said in the affidavit.

James, reportedly living at 1522 Louisa St., was arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.