On Monday, December 2nd, the Bowling Green Police Department received a tip from a school employee at Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School concerning a child that had been given away.
Officer Ronnie Ward allegedly told ABC that an employee at the school had been keeping an eye on the Perez family after recent concerns had been raised about the welfare of the five children.
Police spoke with Maria Domingo-Perez, 31, the mother of the infant, who is said to have given police "conflicting statements" before eventually telling officers that she had given the child away to another couple.
Police spoke with Pascual Jose Manuel, 45, and Catarina Felipe Jose, 37, who stated that they had paid Domingo-Perez $2,000 for the child.
All three have been arrested and charged with selling/ purchasing a child for adoption which is a class D felony. They are being held in the Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bond. Domingo-Perez has an additional warrant showing on her record related to immigration.
Domingo-Perez's five children, the infant that was sold and the other four, have all been taken into custody by Social Services.