JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – An Indiana man is accused of trying to sell his two children for cash, according to Jennings County police.
Partners with our sister station WISH, The Republic, reports Joseph W. Gambrel, 42, of Lexington, Indiana, asked for and received $7,500 from his children’s relatives in exchange for his parental rights to his 13-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter.
After receiving the money from his kid’s grandparents on Wednesday, Gambrel was arrested by Jennings County deputies and Indiana state troopers in North Vernon.
According to Indiana law, a person who transfers or receives any property in consideration for the termination of the care, custody or control of a person’s dependent child commits child selling.
Gambrel’s kids were not there when their father was arrested, police said.
Gambrel was released from jail on Thursday after posting a $1,055 cash bond.
His children are currently living with their grandparents, police said.