Police say woman tried to sell baby for cocaine

A 27-year-old woman was in the Richmond County jail Monday night, charged with attempting to sell her 7-month-old son for crack cocaine.

Amanda Johnson was taken into custody Sunday afternoon at the Augusta Lodge hotel after what appeared to have been an all-night crack-cocaine party, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Grace Wittke.

Ms. Johnson reportedly told a partygoer that she "would sell her baby for crack," said Investigator Wittke, who works in the domestic violence section of the Criminal Investigation Division.

When authorities arrested Ms. Johnson about noon at the hotel, Investigator Wittke said, "the baby reeked of crack-cocaine, was listless and showed little emotion."

Police are still seeking two men on felony narcotics charges, Investigator Wittke said.

Ms. Johnson is charged with second-degree cruelty to children and reckless conduct. She is apparently homeless and did not have any prior offenses, police said. She has another child but does not have custody, police said. The infant boy has been placed in the custody of the Richmond County Department of Family and Children and Services.

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