Woman Says She Was Trying To Help, Not Buy Baby

Woman Says She Was Trying To Help Homeless Mother

A woman accused of attempting to buy a baby claims she was only trying to help the infant's mother, who was homeless at the time.

Debbie Overby, 50, and and her brother-in-law, Michael Overby, 57, tried to buy a child who Rose Faucett, 36, delivered on April 2, offering her a place to stay and about $300, according to a probable cause affidavit.

But Debbie Overby, who appeared in court Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy to commit child selling, told 6News' Derrik Thomas that she was trying to help Faucett while she was pregnant.

"I took care of her. I cooked for her and everything. I made sure she had clean clothes. When the baby was born, I was there for her. I was there for the baby," she said. "I just did what anyone with a heart would do. No, I didn't offer anything, no kind of nothing."

Indianapolis police said Michael Overby, a convicted child molester, also falsely signed a paternity affidavit, claiming to be the biological father of the infant, a claim police said is false.

Police said they believe Phillip Hester, 58, Faucett's boyfriend and possibly the child's father, was also part of the plan.

Phillip Hester and Rose Faucett

Hester, the Overbys and Faucett were each arrested on Friday on charges of neglect of a dependent/child selling. Michael Overby was also arrested on a forgery charge because of the paternity claim.

"I think it is extremely important to protect the children who can't protect themselves," said Deputy Prosecutor Mary Hutchinson. "I think children are extremely vulnerable and that is our job to use the laws to protect them."

Debbie Overby was released on bond Wednesday. Michael Overby was held on $80,000 bond. Faucett and Hester were being held on $5,000 bond.