'For Sale' Baby's Mom Sentenced to Treatment

Treatment set for woman accused of selling baby for $15K to pay for a vacation for her other kids

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    A Delaware judge sentenced a mother charged with trying to sell her baby to a Philadelphia man for $15,000 so she could take her other kids to Disney World to a mental health treatment program after pleading guilty but mentally ill to a charge of falsifying a birth certificate.

    A Superior Court judge in Wilmington sentenced Bridget Wismer thursday to five years in prison, with 14 days credit for time served. The judge suspended the sentence for 18 months of intensive mental health probation.

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    Bridget Wismer is accused of selling her baby boy for $15,000 so she could take her other children to Disney World. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011)

    Wismer also was ordered to secure job training and to have no contact with co-defendant Jack Gavaghan.

    Gavaghan, who also pleaded guilty to falsifying a birth certificate, was to be sentenced Friday.

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    Police say 33-year-old Bridget Wismer sold her baby boy for $15,000 to 54-year-old John Gavaghan of Northeast Philadelphia so that she could take her other two sons on a vacation. She denies these charges. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011)

    As a condition of her sentence, Wismer also must not consume any alcohol or illegal drugs and will be subjected to curfew checks.

    Wismer’s baby was born Aug. 31, 2011 addicted to opiates, according to court documents.

    After the story broke Wismer held back tears as she spoke to NBC10.

    "My friend was helping me take care of my son that I just had," Wismer said. "He’s always tried to adopt and I couldn’t raise another child.

    "I wanted the best for my baby and he wanted the best for the baby and we did it the way we thought we were supposed to."