NORTH FORSYTH — Some mothers would do anything for their child. To one north Forsyth woman, that apparently meant trying to buy a baby for her 14-year-old daughter on Craigslist.
Elaine Sunwoo Williams, 47, was arrested Friday in connection with an advertisement posted on the online marketplace that asked mothers to drop their unwanted babies off in a baby box, according to Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
She was charged with domestic-unlawful advertisement/inducement for adoption of children and remains at the Forsyth County Jail on a $5,610 bond.
Detectives received a tip from a resident about the suspicious Cumming-based ad on Craigslist.
In the ad, Williams reportedly promised mothers they could drop off their baby in a “baby box” at her home off Jot Em Down and Hopewell roads.
In a Dateline NBC-spinoff fashion, detectives posed as an interested buyer online and arranged to meet Williams at her house.
Williams told detectives her daughter “wanted a baby and would get one with or without her help, so she decided to help.”
Her daughter, who lives with Williams, faces the same charges as her mother but as a juvenile. She is reportedly staying with relatives, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Cpl. Robin Regan.
At least two other children are in the family, Regan said. They are thought to be older than the daughter involved in the incident, though exact ages were not clear.
“Due to the nature of this investigation, we’ve been working closely with the Department of Homeland Security to investigate any human trafficking concerns,” Regan said.
He noted there is not yet any indication the mother and daughter are not related by blood.