Judge Dismisses Order of Protection for Unborn Baby Police Believe is Being Sold by Parents
A judge today dismissed an order of protection for the unborn baby of an Arizona couple who police believe are trying to sell the child somewhere in Utah.
Utah's Third District Juvenile Judge James Michie ruled that because the baby -- as far as he knows -- has not been born yet and there is nobody to protect, he has no jurisdiction to uphold the order.
The original order of protection was granted by a judge last week over concerns that the child's parents, Alison and Gary Stuckey, traveled to Utah, where they planned to sell the baby for $6,000.
According to court documents, the couple allegedly sold another one of their children in Utah about three years ago, and the going rate for a baby within the borders of Arizona's northeastern neighbor is about $6,000.
Aside from the unborn child, the Stuckeys have four children, three of whom are in the custody of a foster family in Mesa.
According to court documents, the foster family in Mesa -- with whom the children are currently living -- is in the process of adopting them.
The concern over the Stuckey's latest baby arose when the foster family realized that the Stuckeys had yet another bun in the oven and went to the hotel where the two were living to ask if they could take this one off their hands, as well.
According to Wesley Hutchins, the attorney for the foster parents, the Stuckeys weren't interested in parting with their upcoming baby because they "needed the money."
Relatives of the couple told the judge in the case that the two had gone to Utah to have their baby.
Authorities don't know where in Utah the couple is living and fear that the baby may already have been born.
Anyone with information about the Stuckeys' whereabouts are asked to call the Utah Attorney General's Office at (801)-366-0260.
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