Man Jailed for Trying to Sell 4-Year-Old Boy for $2,500 at Kentucky Gas Station

A Kentucky man has been charged with promoting human trafficking after he allegedly tried to sell his girlfriend’s son at a gas station convenience store, authorities said.

Harry Day, 29, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor trafficking charge at an arraignment on Monday and was sentenced to one year in jail, WYMT reported, citing court records.

Day allegedly tried to sell the 4-year-old boy, described as African American by police, at a Corbin Speedy Mart for $2,500, Kentucky State Police said. He was arrested on Aug. 16 after a witness overheard him talking with two different “customers” and called 911.

The witness gave a vehicle description and license plate number to the 911 dispatcher and police located the car outside the home of Day’s girlfriend and the boy’s mother, 26-year-old Gertrude Henson, Fox News reported. The boy was found safe inside the home.

Day and Henson told police they had consumed methamphetamine earlier that day, the outlet reported. Officers also found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the home, jail records show.

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Gertrude Henson, 26, in a booking photo. (Knox County Detention Center)

According to jail records, Henson has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of a controlled substance first-degree, among several other drugs charges.

Henson is currently held at the Knox County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 25.

It is unclear if she has an attorney that could speak on her behalf.

Kentucky saw at least 136 cases of human trafficking in 2019, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which keeps hold of total reported cases in each state.

Since December 2007, over 300,000 human trafficking cases have been reported across the United States.

Anyone who suspects human trafficking can call local authorities or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.