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July 24, 2012

Baby’s mother arrested in Florida

Accused of trading infant child for truck

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A search has ended for a mother accused of trading her baby for a truck.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Florida confirmed Thursday that Heather Kaminsky was arrested Wednesday night.

Kaminsky is now waiting extradition to London. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office arrested a couple earlier this month who accepted Kaminsky’s then 4-day-old baby in trade for the truck.

The couple, Jeremy and Jamiee Brown of Devil’s Neck Road in Corbin, were arrested July 12 for human trafficking with a victim under 18 years old, a Class B felony that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Lt. Rodney Van Zant said their office received information concerning the alleged trade of a 1999 silver Dodge Dakota pickup belonging to the Browns to 30-year-old Kaminsky in January. Kaminsky is allegedly a childhood friend of the Browns and came to the area in January when she was nine months pregnant.

Van Zant said she had the baby on January 12 and gave it to the Browns a few days later. She also has two other children who were taken by social services in Florida and she came to Kentucky to avoid having that child taken away. She has warrants in Florida for meth precursor charges.

Van Zant said Kaminsky had reportedly sold the pickup to another person for $800 and an undisclosed amount of meth. When the vehicle registration was ran, Detectives Jason Back and Brad Mitchell and Van Zant located the current owner and the vehicle in Keavy. The owner confirmed he did purchase the truck from Kaminsky but denied any knowledge of selling drugs.

A third party at the residence told officials Kaminsky did have a newborn but she had not been seen in over a week and was reportedly staying with her mother in Florida.

Acting on that information, officials again ran the registration of the vehicle, which led them back to Jeremy and Jamiee Brown as the previous owners.

Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore said the couple first lied to police, saying Jeremy had had an affair with Kaminsky and the baby was his. But, the biological grandmother reported to police that Kaminsky had gotten pregnant in Florida and came to Kentucky when she was nine months pregnant.

The now 6-month-old child had been in the care of the Browns until their arrest. Sizemore said the child had been well taken care of and seemed to be healthy. The Browns have three other children, all of whom were placed with relatives following the couple’s arrest. The infant child born to Kaminsky was taken into custody by the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children’s Protection and Permanency Division.

The Browns were held in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $2,500 cash bond when they were arrested, but they bonded out the next day.

A preliminary hearing was held for the Browns on July 17 in Laurel District Court and the case was waived to the grand jury which will convene on August 17 at 9 a.m.

cmills@sentinel-echo.com

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