Kokomo — Sheriff deputies arrested one of four people believed to be involved in a child-selling case in which a baby was traded for $17,000 and drugs.
Deputies arrested Stephen P. Lynch Jr., 31, Thursday afternoon on a warrant charging him with a Class A felony conspiracy to deal in a narcotic and D felonies conspiracy to commit child selling and profiting from an adoption.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Howard Superior Court 1, Stephen Lynch, along with another person, gave another couple $13,000, a 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII valued at $3,531 and numerous drugs in exchange for the couple’s now 2-year-old son.
The other three people have yet to be charged in the case.
Lynch also was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia when deputies went to a residence at 4162 N. 1200 West, to serve the child-selling warrant on Lynch.
Lynch is being held in the Howard County jail on a $75,000 bail with no 10 percent permitted. If convicted of the more serious A felony drug charge, Lynch could face up to 50 years. But on the child-selling charge, he could only face up to three years in jail, according to state law.