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Woman pleads guilty to trying to trade baby for pickup truck

Instead of going to trial, a mother accused of trading her baby to a Corbin couple for a pickup truck in July, received a probated prison sentence.

Heather Kaminsky, 30, who was to go to trial on charges of human trafficking and unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of endangering the welfare of a minor and unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor.

In return for her guilty plea, Kaminsky was sentenced to four years in prison. It was probated for 140 days, provided she have no further legal issues over the next four years.

The two charges are not related.

The case began in July when an anonymous call came in to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office stating that Kaminsky had traded the baby for a 1999 silver Dodge Dakota.

According to investigators, Kaminsky then traded the truck for $800 and an undisclosed amount of meth before she disappeared.

Using the vehicle's registration, investigators were able to track down the truck's new owner at a residence in Keavy.

The new owner admitted buying the truck from Kaminsky for $800, but denied that methamphetamine had been involved in the transaction.

Once again, following the truck registration, investigators were led to Jeremy and Jamiee Brown of Corbin.

The Browns had the baby. It was turned over to the Kentucky Department of Social Services.

The Browns were each charged with one count of human trafficking.

Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, the department's public affairs officer, said the case against the Browns was presented to the grand jury but no indictment was returned.

Investigators contacted the child's maternal grandmother in Florida, who explained that Kaminsky had fled Kentucky in January because she was wanted on a methamphetamine related charge.

Upon her return to Laurel County, Kaminsky was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center on a $10,000 bond. She has remained in the correctional center while the case was adjudicated.

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