Woman Fakes Pregnancy To Extort Money From Couple Unable To Conceive
via ABC News
An Illinois husband and wife deceived by a woman pretending to be pregnant after they posted a Craigslist ad hoping to adopt told ABC News’ “20/20” exclusively that they will never forgive her.
“How could you do this to a couple that just wanted a baby?” asked the wife, Tracy Dziekanski. “How could you be so cruel and mean and deceitful to do this to somebody?”
Watch the full story on ABC News’ “20/20″ on Friday, April 11, at 10 p.m. ET.
Unable to have a baby of their own and knowing traditional adoption methods can be lengthy and expensive, Mark and Tracy Dziekanski posted an ad on Craigslist on Jan. 26, 2013 looking to adopt a baby.
A month later, the Dziekanskis received an email from Heather Taylor, who lived in Pitt County, N.C.
“Ms. Taylor told them that she was expecting a baby and was looking for a nice couple to take [care] of the baby for her ’cause she knew she couldn’t afford it financially,” Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Detective David Flynn, who worked on the case, told “20/20.”
Eager to finally have a baby, Mark and Tracy Dziekanski said they were willing to give Taylor everything she needed for the pregnancy, including money.
We didn’t hesitate,” Tracy Dziekanski said. “You want to keep her healthy. She’s carrying our hope … so we’re gonna give her anything she needs.”
“I said, ‘As long as it’s for the baby, I don’t have a problem with it,’” Mark Dziekanski said.
Over the course of the pregnancy, Taylor would update Mark and Tracy Dziekanski on her weight gain and how big the baby was. But Mark and Tracy Dziekanski never met Taylor in person.
“We were going to get together. We were planning on meeting her and getting to know her and, I mean, we were going to go through the whole 10 yards,” Mark Dziekanski said. “And it just never happened.”
“We just wanted [to have a baby] so bad,” Tracy Dziekanski said. “And when you want kids, and you can’t have kids, and you want more than anything to have a family, you just go with it. … I’m not doing anything to screw up this chance, you know, to … have a baby, especially a newborn.”
The woman even went as far as to fake being in the delivery room giving birth. Hit the flip to read the rest of this unbelievablely shady story.