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Kentucky Mother Allegedly Tried To Sell Newborn Baby Twice

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A recent photo of the newborn baby posted on Facebook by Luonda Martin, who told authorities that her cousin gave her custody of the baby. | Luonda Martin/Facebook

A mother in Kentucky allegedly tried selling her newborn baby daughter -- twice.

Leeanna Brown, 24, first tried selling her baby for $5,000 to an unnamed person, but the deal fell apart, the New York Daily News reports.

The second time, Brown gave the baby to Luonda Martin, her cousin. As part of the alleged deal, Brown wanted Martin to pay her court costs and fines for another case she had pending, local station WAVE 3 News reports. It has not been confirmed whether Martin paid Brown.

But now the biological mother wants the infant back.

On Tuesday, Martin showed up at the local police station and told authorities that she had been under the impression Brown had given her custody of the child. Martin had even posted photos of the baby on Facebook with captions referring to the child as hers.

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A photo of the newborn baby posted on Luonda Martin's Facebook page.

Virgil Willoughby, an Elizabethtown police officer, told local news outlet WDRB: "It's bizarre. You can't just arbitrarily make a decision I'm going to give this child to person A, B, or C and take money in exchange for that."

Brown is now being charged with selling or purchasing a child for adoption and faces up to five years in prison.

Other court records, obtained by WDRB, revealed that the biological mother had previous convictions for check fraud, shoplifting and -- most recently -- possession of a controlled substance.

Brown also has two other children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old, who were with other families, according to the arrest warrant obtained by WAVE 3 News.

All three of Brown's children are now in custody with child protective services.