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  • Woman Promised Baby To 2 Agencies

    http://www.tampatrib.com/FloridaMetro/MGBKFN8ZY4E.html

    Woman Promised Baby To 2 Agencies
    By ANTHONY McCARTNEY [email protected] BY: and PETER BERNARD
    Published: Feb 9, 2005

    TAMPA - Police say a 22- year-old Tampa woman defrauded two Bay area
    adoption agencies by promising her unborn child to each.
    Rachelle Michelle Bruneau, who is 7 months pregnant, contracted to turn over
    her baby to adoption firms in Largo and Bradenton, Detective Gene Gowarty
    said.

    A North Carolina couple paid more than $11,000 in living expenses and
    attorney's fees to foster Bruneau through her pregnancy and the adoption
    process.

    They even sent her a Christmas present, Gowarty said. ``They didn't want her
    to feel left out.''

    Bruneau signed an exclusive adoption agreement with Adoption Advocates Inc.
    in Largo, Gowarty said.

    The company and Family Creations Adoption Agency in Bradenton exchanged
    names of people who had signed agreements recently, Gowarty said, and
    noticed that Bruneau's name appeared on both lists.

    Gowarty said Bruneau, of 2328 W. Cherry St., signed the agreements about a
    month apart in October and November. He said he did not know how much money
    she received from the Bradenton agency.

    Neither agency returned calls for comment Tuesday.

    Bruneau also tested positive for cocaine use during an agency drug test,
    Gowarty said. She also was arrested in June for cocaine possession, records
    show. She pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and served 21
    days in jail, records show.

    It is unclear what will happen to Bruneau's child when it is born. Gowarty
    said the North Carolina couple likely will not seek its adoption.

    Bruneau was being held Tuesday night at the Orient Road Jail on felony grand
    theft and organized fraud charges in lieu of $4,000 bail.



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    Woman Promised Baby To 2 Agencies

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Lilmtncbn" <[email protected]> wrote:

    TAMPA - Police say a 22- year-old Tampa woman defrauded two Bay area adoption agencies by promising her unborn child to each.

    Was a facilitator involved?





    steve

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