A Texas mother who admitted to selling her children to settle a drug debt was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.
Esmerelda Garza of Corpus Christi, who sold her son for $2,500, agreed to a plea deal Monday in court. She was convicted of three counts of selling or purchasing a child which is a third-degree felony. She also was convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to sell or purchase a child, Garza was given six years for selling her children and two years for the other charges. The sentences will run concurrently.
In June, Texas Department of Public Safety special agents found a 7-year-old boy at a home in Corpus Christi while executing a search warrant. “Further investigation revealed two more female children, ages 2 and 3, who were in the process of being sold,” a news release stated at the time.