EXCLUSIVE: Father speaks on allegations

July 31, 2009 8:58:56 PM PDT
The father accused of trying to sell his baby daughter speaks exclusively to Action News. After a thorough investigation at Special Victims, police did not have enough evidence to charge Charles Bond with trying to sell his baby daughter.

Upon his release Bond spoke only with Action News, on condition we not show all of his face during the interview, to say that it was all just a big misunderstanding.

"I never once attempted to sell my child and I would never do nothing. Anyone who knows me knows, I love my daughter," Charles Bond told Action News in an exclusive interview.

A frantic search for 43-year-old Bond and his 6-month-old daughter Kayla was set off Friday morning when Bond's friend, who had been caring for the child for 3 weeks, called police saying Charles Bond was about to do something crazy because he needed money for drugs.

"And he says, 'Well, give her to me, I'm going to sell her to the store down the street.', I said, 'Dude, are you serious?" Christopher Diagostino, Bond's friend, said.

A few minutes later, a Port Richmond woman says she encountered the father on the street.

"He's just telling me like, 'Can you take my baby? I'm only asking for $100?' And I'm like, 'Are you serious?" Katie O'Keefe said.

Philadelphia Police and paramedics rushed to the 2000 block of Elkhart Street to look for Bond and the baby. Police say they caught up with him and later found the child in a suspected drug house.

The child had not been harmed and was said to be in good condition.

Bond, who's been in and out of jail recently for drugs told Action News, exclusively, his side of the story.

"Ok, I'm not the most perfect person, ok? But I would never do anything to harm my child, never," Bond said.

With the child's mother Jessica having legal troubles of her own, Bond says he wants to get Kayla back from DHS, but his mother-in-law, who says she threw Bond out of the house 4 months ago for making terroristic threats, says the child rightfully now belongs with her.

"The baby needs to come home with me so she can get it together, be a mother to that baby. You know, I'm the only family she has," Kayla's grandmother Beverly Renshaw said.

The final decision will come from family court with a hearing set for Monday morning.