East Feliciana Parish Mother Pleads Not Guilty to Trying to Sell Child

Published: Mar. 11, 2008 at 5:33 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2008 at 2:46 PM CDT
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Ruby Havard (Photo by: WAFB-TV)
Ruby Havard (Photo by: WAFB-TV)

According to prosecutors, she tried to sell her own child. Tuesday, Ruby Havard was in court to defend against those accusations, saying it was an adoption gone wrong.

In her plea, Havard told a judge she did not try to sell her baby to a couple. Her attorney asks that the district attorney for the Felicianas, Sam D'Quilla, be taken off the case.

Havard says she and the couple she was dealing with stopped by D'Quilla's office for advice, so he could end up as a witness in this case. Havard's attorney claims this was an adoption with money involved and one that went bad.

Ruby Renee Havard has been under dark cloud since her oldest child mysteriously disappeared six years ago. Havard said her first son, two-year-old Wesley Dale Morgan, disappeared right off her porch back in 2001. During that investigation, detectives told us they suspected Havard may have sold the child. They just didn't have enough proof to arrest her.

Her attorney says this is a classic case of 'selective prosecution.' "If they are going to go after Mrs. Havard for attempting to sell her child, why aren't they prosecuting the ones who tried to buy it?" asks Rhonda Covington.

We should know if the district attorney will be taken off the case in about a month from now.