Houston grandmother accused of offering grandchild to random strangers

Houston grandmother accused of offering grandchild to random strangers

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Vernice Ruenell Zagerman

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 25 at 5:11 PM

HOUSTON – A Houston grandmother is in jail after allegedly trying to give her grandbaby away.

Witnesses told police that Vernice Ruenell Zagerman brought the 3-year-old to a Shell gas station on Imperial Valley and offered the child to random strangers.

She told them she could no longer care for the child.

Zagerman and the child left in a cab just before police arrived, but officers pulled them over a few blocks away from the station.

They said Zagerman was intoxicated and arrested her on a charge of endangering a child.

The 3-year-old’s mother told police that Zagerman was supposed to be babysitting the child.

The toddler was released back into the mother’s custody.

Records show Zagerman has a criminal record that includes assault, theft and drug charges. She was sent to prison after assaulting a public officer in 2004.

Zagerman remains jailed on a $15,000 bond.

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