By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a mother who swapped her newborn baby for a vehicle, then sold the vehicle for $800.
According to Deputy Lt. Rodney Van Zant, the sheriff’s office got a word early Friday from a confidential source that led the deputies to search for an infant child who had been supposedly traded for a 1999 silver Dodge Dakota.
The biological mother took the Dodge and sold it for $800, and an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, said Van Zant.
By using information about the vehicle, the owners were found.
“Asking about it they said, ‘Yes we bought the truck for $800 and no methamphetamine.’ So they said they bought it from Heather Kaminskey,” he said.
Kaminskey is 30 years old. He added, “They said they hadn’t seen her in about a week-and-a-half and no meth was involved in the transaction. And they hadn’t seen her since then.”
The first owners of the truck, named Jeremy Brown, 31, and wife Jamie Brown, 33, were found, said Van Zant.
They live on Devil’s Neck Road off Adams Road near Corbin.
The sheriff’s department went to that home and found Jamie Brown, and her three sons, “plus the infant we were looking for, which is now 6 months old, born January 12. He was a boy,” he added.
The child is in good health, he said.
He said the Browns first said the baby was the product of an extra-marital affair between Jeremy and Heather Kaminskey.
“After speaking with Heather Kaminskey’s mother, who is in Florida, she told us that Heather had fled from Florida at nine months pregnant to come to Kentucky to have this child because the other two children had been removed by Florida social services and placed with other family members,” Van Zant said.
“So she came here without social services to take care of it,” he added.
Then, he said, the Browns wanted to change their story, “which was that they had acquired the child pretty much right from birth and had taken it in, and given Kaminskey the truck in trade.”
The Browns, he said, knew nothing of what Kaminskey had done with the truck.
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) was called by the sheriff’s office.
CHFS found a judge who gave the order for the child’s removal.
The Browns placed their three children with other family members.
The Browns were arrested and taken to the Laurel County Corrections Center.
Arrest warrants were issued for both the Browns and Kaminskey.
Kaminskey also has warrants against her for meth precursor.
By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
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