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Phantom Baby Sold
March 25, 2013 permalink
Some agencies are so desperate for children they will buy one from a woman with a hysterectomy. Jaime Suzanne Ritchhart is in jail after collecting $7,100 from Heart of Adoptions Inc.
JAIME SUZANNE RITCHHART ARRESTED FOR ADOPTION FRAUD AND GRAND THEFT
Marion County _ Jaime Suzanne Ritchhart, 31, of Ocala is in the Marion County Jail on charges of adoption fraud and grand theft. An adoption case manager contacted Marion County Sheriff's Office detectives to report Ritchhart signed an agreement to place her expected child up for adoption. The case manager told detectives Ritchhart provided paperwork indicating she was pregnant. Ritchhart received more than $7,100 up to that time.
The official report indicates Ritchhart was not attending doctors appointments and states Ritchhart had a miscarriage. Marion County Sheriff's Office Detective Tony Watts interviewed Ritchhart, who said she was giving her child up for adoption and the adoption agency was paying her rent. Ritchhart said she was seven months pregnant and expected to have a baby in May. Once Ritchhart was shown medical records indicating she had a hysterectomy, she refused to talk and Ritchhart was arrested on March 20, 2013.
ARRESTED: W/F Jaime Suzanne Ritchhart
CHARGES: Adoption Fraud
CHRIS BLAIR, SHERIFF
Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office