Police: Orange Co. mother scammed parents who wanted to adopt baby

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

Investigators said an Orange County woman is in jail after she promised to give her baby up for adoption but instead kept the baby and cashed in on the couple who was supposed to get the child.

Police said Jill Rader kept taking payments after she gave birth and got almost $10,000 from the couple who thought they would be adopting her baby.

The money went to help pay for Rader’s rent, gasoline, groceries and anything else she needed.

Once the child was born at Winnie Palmer Hospital in February, Rader allegedly cut off contact from the adoption agency, but still asked for financial help.

Court papers said Rader used the business A Chosen Child to find a new family for her child.

Documents said she eventually wanted to keep the baby girl, but she kept taking payments from the agency, which is illegal.

“I think that she should really be in jail for that because if they’re funding you for the adoption and you don’t go through with it, it’s just like stealing money from a bank,” said resident Porche Black.

The executive director of A Chosen Child said mothers sometimes change their minds and keep the baby, which is allowed.

But Rader allegedly never informed the agency she had the baby.

Rader posted pictures of herself with her newborn on her Facebook page.

After the birth, the agency handed over nearly $1,800 for rent, groceries and gas.

That money came from the adoptive parents, who gave almost $9,000 to cover any expenses incurred by Rader during the pregnancy.

“I feel like these parents really wanted the baby and (she) just took advantage of them,” Black said.

Channel 9’s Ryan Hughes stopped by Rader’s residence at an Orange County motel.

Her husband said the family decided to keep the baby and planned to pay back the agency.