The Utah mother-of-five accused of trying to ‘smuggle’ a newborn out of the Philippines said she was ‘desperate’ for a baby and had posted adoption ads online, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Jennifer Talbot, 42, from Sandy, was charged with human trafficking and child abuse last week after she was caught trying to board a flight to Detroit with a six-day-old boy in her carry-on.
Months before traveling overseas, Talbot published an ad on a public classifieds website seeking to adopt a child or ‘a small sibling group’ in Scott County, Mississippi.
In a now-deleted post from June 23 obtained by DailyMail.com, she explains she cannot have children after trying with her husband for ‘many, many years.’
She describes her family as having a ‘huge home and even larger heart’, who attend church on Sundays and have family dinners ‘everyday.’
Jennifer Talbot, 42, had posted adoption ads online months before she traveled to the Philippines to allegedly buy a baby, DailyMail.com can reveal
Talbot posted an ad on a public classifieds website seeking to adopt a child or ‘a small sibling group’ in Scott County, Mississippi
In the listing, she states her family attends church on Sundays, have family dinners ‘everyday’, and that her children go to private school – but sources says her children are in public school
The mother-of-five, who lives in Sandy, Utah with her three children from a previous marriage and her third husband Kirk, allegedly told friends and family she was ‘desperate’ for a child
‘We travel the world a lot with our children allowing them experiences only a few will achieve. When at home, our children play soccer and scouts and attend a private school. Our daughter does dance/cheer/tumbling,’ it states.
But sources told DailyMail.com Talbot’s three young children attend public school and although the family identifies as Mormons, they ‘do not go to church’ frequently.
Talbot, who was arrested on September 4, allegedly told friends and family she was ‘desperate’ for a child.
However, a source, who did not wished to be named, claimed Talbot wanted to avoid going through the adoption process.
‘Saying that she was just so desperate to get a baby gives wrong message. She is a woman who thinks she is above the law and just does and says whatever she wants. No matter who is hurt in the process,’ the source said.
‘I think the desperate part is the story she wants to get out there instead of truth.
‘She doesn’t think she has to be honest and truthful in her dealings with people or authorities. And she may have just met her match this time with the Filipino government.’
Talbot’s five children include two adults from her first marriage – Spencer Holder, a serving U.S. Navy sailor, and Alexis Crabtree, a married mother of one.
Originally from Ohio, Talbot, who also goes by her maiden name Swaney, now lives in Sandy with her third husband Kirk, 58, and her three kids from a previous marriage.
DailyMail.com revealed earlier this week Talbot presented Filipino authorities at the airport with legal documents claiming she was the aunt of baby Andrew, who was born to 19-year-old Maicris Dulap in Davao City on August 29.
In an affidavit of consent and support, Dulap allegedly provided three reasons for her child’s trip to the States: to ‘receive a name and blessing’ and membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to receive American medical vaccines and ‘to meet his Great Grandmother before she passes on.’
Talbot (pictured after her arrest last week) appeared in Pasay City Regional Court, Manila on Tuesday morning where she pleaded not guilty to charges of human trafficking and child abuse
Talbot presented Filipino authorities at the airport with legal documents claiming she was the aunt of baby Andrew (left) who was born to 19-year-old Maicris Dulap (right) in Davao City on August 29.
The affidavit described Andrew’s great-grandmother’ as ‘on end of life care.’
‘To meet his great grandmother, my son will travel to Ohio first then to Utah with his aunt,’ it stated.
‘Tentative dates of travel are as soon as possible as my son’s great grandmother is about to pass at any time. She is on “end of life” care.’
There was no signature on the document from the baby’s mother and investigators have not yet been able to trace Dulap.
DailyMail.com can also reveal the teenage mother had commented on one of Talbot’s Facebook posts on August 1 – days before Talbot flew overseas.
She arrived in the Philippines on August 6 and again on August 19. She arrived in the city of Davao more than a thousand miles south of Manila on August 21.
It was there that Dulap gave birth to her baby boy eight days later.
Dulap had posted a photo of her son on Facebook a day after he was born stating: ‘That feeling that you’re not sure if this is really your child,’ – a possible nod to the fact that she was due to hand the child over to Talbot in a matter of days.
DailyMail.com obtained this affidavit supporting a motion to waive fees filed in Salt Lake City, Utah
DailyMail.com can also reveal the teenage mother, whose Facebook name is BA D IN, had commented on one of Talbot’s Facebook posts on August 1 – days before Talbot flew overseas
Maricris Dulap, who comes from Mt Diwata, a remote and poverty-stricken mining area of the Philippines, had apparently connected with Talbot while she was pregnant
Talbot flew to Davao City numerous times, most recently on August 21, eight days before Dulap gave birth to a boy. The teen mom later posted photos of her son on Facebook
The unmarried teen mom, who goes by the nickname Jham, is also a wannabe reality TV star who once applied to be part of Pinoy Big Brother, the local franchise of the reality TV show.
In her application she gave her talents as ‘dancing, singing, acting and joking.’
She admitted that she had dropped out of school and ‘lost her way’ due to the bad influence of friends and claimed that her parents once told her she was ‘worthless.’
In social media posts, a troubling image emerges of a young girl who has struggled with depression and threatened to kill herself on more than one occasion.
In one post, on May 3 of this year, she wrote: ‘I think it’s time to say goodbye to myself.’
In another apparent cry for help later that same day she stated: ‘I need someone to bring me back and believe in myself again.’
On Tuesday, Talbot appeared in Pasay City Regional Court where she was arraigned before being transferred to Pasay City Jail where she is now being held.
The notoriously squalid jail was built to house 1,050 but has held more than eight times that number.
Talbot, was able to pass through the airport’s immigration counter last Wednesday without declaring the child was with her, however she was intercepted at the gate by airport personnel
Cells built to hold 40 inmates and measuring 245 sq ft regularly hold more than 100 and there were a dozen inmate deaths reported last year due to heat and overcrowding.
She faces life in prison and and a fine somewhere between $38,500 to $96,200 if found guilty.
On Monday the child was still in the care of the country’s Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The baby’s mother has been charged with neglect of a child but has not been arrested.
She is currently is in custody and it is not known if she has appointed an attorney, though a U.S. Embassy official confirmed that she has been provided with a list of law offices to contact.