Family ‘puts child up for adoption on Facebook’

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Police are investigating a family in Iowa after they put up a post on Facebook offering a four-year-old girl for adoption.

The post was directed at other members of a Mothers’ Group based in Dubuque, Iowa.

The post, written by 24-year-old Mallory Donarth regarding her toddler sister, read, “I need some help. Does anyone know a family who would like to adopt a 4 year old girl. My parents adopted her but got new jobs and they have no time for her. I have 3 kids of my own and can not handle another. Serious inquiries only.”

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Police Lt. Scott Baxter said his department got “several calls” about the post and dispatched an officer to investigate.

The woman later updated the post, saying: “Let me rephrase. I’m not selling a kid, it was to help find adoption ideas. So calling the police to receive suggestions was ridiculous. She’s safe and fine. So thank you for your help.”

The post attracted many comments, including some from people desperate for a child. One woman said: “I would adopt a 4 year old in need of a family in a heart beat…. anyone know who to contact to do so? Everyone is judging this lady but no one seems to have an answer on helping the child.”

Another said: “I will take her and never offer to give her away, because I have a daughter who can’t have kids and would LOVE a child.”

The investigation is still underway.