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Alleged baby sellers appear in court

Reporter: Marianne Lyles
New Media Producer: Rachel Chambliss

Update, Mon 4:30 pm: The couple charged with trying to sell a baby appeared in court in Owensboro Monday.

Charles Hope, Jr. and Amber Revelett are charged with trying to sell Revelett's 15-month-old child for adoption. The two allegedly tried to sell the little girl for $3,000 and a Ford Expedition.

If convicted, Revelett and Hope could serve time in a federal penitentiary. The two will appear in Daviess County District Court April 2.

Update, Sun 3 pm: An Owensboro couple is behind bars accused of trying to sell a 15-month-old girl. Police say the girl's mother and her boyfriend tried to get $3,000 and an SUV in exchange for the child.

14 News spoke with one of the accused, 32-year-old Charles Hope, Jr., on Saturday. Authorities say he tried to sell his fiancee's baby girl to pay off fees from criminal charges. But Hope says he and his fiancee are not the ones who should be behind bars.

Hope and his 26-year-old fiancee, Amber Revlett, raise her three children in Daviess County. And, according to the Daviess County Sheriff's Department, the couple had plans to remove Revlett's 15-month-old daughter from their home.

The two are in jail for trying to sell the little girl, but Hope says it's a misunderstanding. "Wouldn't do it; didn't do it. Wasn't enough money to get me to do it. It was all in a joking state."

He says he and Revlett would joke with another couple they were friends with about taking the little girl in exchange for money and even their car. "I'd been messing with them about their truck since I knew they was going. 'Hey, leave your truck here with me.' I didn't think they'd take me serious."

Investigators say the couple, who could not have children of their own, were moving to New Mexico which is when Hope and Revlett would hand over the baby. But Hope says they would never give up the child, and this couple is now getting back at them. "This is their way of attempting to get the baby or whatever it is. But there ain't enough money in the world to get any of my kids."

A convicted felon, authorities say Hope needed $3,000 because he was arrested for burglary and a DUI. Hope says he doesn't need that money, and he couldn't watch his fiancee lose her children. "She would never sell her baby. Her kids are her life. She's over there crushed right now. If she loses her kids, she'll never be right again."

Police say Amber Revlett made the last offer to the couple before she and Hope were arrested. She declined our request for an interview.

Previously: A western Kentucky couple is charged with trying to sell a 15-month-old girl.

Daviess County Sheriff's Lieutenant Bill Thompson says 32-year-old Charles G. Hope, Jr. and 26-year-old Amber M. Revlett tried to sell Revlett's daughter for $3,000 and a Ford Expedition.

Thompson says the couple planned to use the money to pay off the man's past fines for criminal charges.

Hope told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer after being arrested Friday he wasn't trying to sell his girlfriend's daughter to pay off fines for second-degree burglary and fleeing and evading police.

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