A Laurel County couple faced a judge Friday morning, a day after sheriff's deputies arrested the two for human trafficking. Jeremy and Jamie Brown both entered a not guilty plea for the charge.
The arrest citation released Friday indicates the Browns, along with the child's mother, Heather Kaminskey, not only made the trade, but even obtained legal documents to change the child's name in hopes of hiding his identity. Investigators say Kaminskey later sold the truck for $800 and meth.
Court documents say the baby was four days old when Kaminskey traded him for a 1999 Dodge truck in January of 2012. The sheriff's office says it was alerted about the human trafficking of the newborn through a confidential source.
The search is continuing for Kaminskey, who is already wanted on a methamphetamine charge. Lt. Rodney Van Zant, of the Laurel County Sheriffs Office, says deputies are doing what they can to find her. "Our detectives have contacted the officials in Florida. We are working with them," said Van Zant. "We attempted find her there, which is one of the possible locations based on the fact that she has family there and she actually made some comments to some other people, that were at the residence yesterday, saying that's where she was. Of course she's given us a couple different location, speaking with two or three different people on where she may be," said Van Zant.
The judge sent the Browns back to jail after Friday's hearing. He set the couple's bonds at $2500 each.
Officials say the infant appears to be perfectly healthy and is now in the custody of social services.