BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — A Georgia couple has been arrested after allegedly using inside information and a vehicle to convince a mother to give up rights to her own child.

In a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, agents say they were called in to investigate on Wednesday by the Fannin County Sheriff's Office regarding allegations that a couple tried to use a vehicle to persuade a mother to sign over the child.

Further investigation led agents to execute a search warrant on the home of 36-year-old Rebecca and 44-year-old William Ryan McClain off of Laurel Crossing Road in Blue Ridge where the two were also arrested.

During the course of the investigation, agents said it became clear that the 10-month-old child had been in the care of the McClains for several weeks and that the couple was interested in adopting the baby. Authorities said Rebecca, a former employee of the Union County Division of Family and Children Services, learned about the child through her position.

The McClains were arrested for directly or indirectly holding out an inducement to a biological parent to part with his or her child - a violation of OCGA 19-8-24.

The child has since been taken into DFCS custody and placed in foster care. Once the GBI completes their investigation, the findings will be provided to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office for prosecution.


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