Man is accused of attempting to buy a child in Corbin

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Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 2:47 PM EDT
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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Police say a man attempted to buy a three-year-old boy from his grandmother.

Police said after 4 p.m. Wednesday, the grandmother called officers saying a man approached her grandchild to help him climb over the fence.

Investigators said that man was Ronnie Lou Helton.

Police said the grandmother then yelled at Helton to let go of the child. The boy ran towards the woman’s boyfriend and hid behind him.

That is when police say Helton offered the Grandmother $1,000 for the child. She refused, telling the man to go away as she called the police.

“He said, I’ll give you a thousand dollars for this little boy,” said Kristy Baker, the grandmother.

Baker says Helton’s own family messaged her and said if he would have gotten her grandson, the worst could have happened.

“My best advice out there to anyone out there is hold your kids close ad keep an eye on them. It only takes a split second to lose them,” said Baker.

Baker says her grandson wasn’t hurt but is shaken up by the ordeal. She says he keeps saying the mean man tried to get him.

Helton was arrested and charged with kidnapping and promoting human trafficking, he was taken to the Whitley County Detention Center.

This is not Helton’s first run-in with the law. We did some digging and found out in 2019, he was arrested in Clay County for solicitation for prostitution.

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