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Woman hired a stranger on Craigslist to take her son across state lines

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

When Sheila Sherrie Joyner decided that her son, who is 9 years old, should go and visit his grandmother, she may have had all the good intentions of creating a lasting family memory. But whatever those intentions may have been, she made a huge mistake when she opted to not take him there herself.

Her solution – hire someone else to drive him all the way there, from Craigslist.

Cobb County police say that Joyner went online and replied to an ad from a man who was looking to split the expenses of travelling to Florida. The mother had no idea who the man was, and didn’t take the time to find out.

The man who posted the ad, figuring that something wasn’t quite right, called the police.

According to a Cobb County arrest warrant, “At no time did accused get any information about this stranger and only communicated by text messages. Accused didn’t even know the last name of the stranger but only knew him as ‘Eric’.”

The warrant goes on to say that an undercover officer responded to Joyner and they agreed for him to pick up the boy on Friday.

“Said accused had the child brought to the RaceTrac on Delk Road by the babysitter and accused didn’t even go with the child to meet the ‘stranger.’ The accused lied to the babysitter, indicating that it was a friend of hers,” police stated in the warrant.

Joyner was arrested in her apartment, that same afternoon. She has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Cobb County booking records. Although her bond was set at $1,000 she was kept in jail because she had allegedly not appeared in court in another unrelated case, according to the jail’s records.

A word to the wise: Don’t try this at home. At least get to know the person who might be picking up your child before you send them off to only God knows where. You might regret your decision later on down the road.