Adoption Scams Part II: More victims tell experiences
A Pierce County woman has been accused of promising babies to women across the country, only to find out the babies never existed.
Four women were willing to go public and share their experiences with the Herald. In last week's Herald, two of the four stories were told. This week, it's the other two.
"She needs serious help"
Nearly four years later, Crissy has a sense of amazement when it comes to Melissa Christiansen.
"She's good," Crissy said. "If she wasn't, she wouldn't have conned all those people."
Crissy's story began in June 2003 when she placed an ad on SMO.com (Surrogate Mothers Online), looking for a surrogate mother. Within a week, she got a response from Christiansen (who didn't use an alias).
"At the time, she said she was three months pregnant, lived in Wisconsin, already had a seven-year-old, didn't believe in abortion and that another baby would bury her," Crissy explained. "She and the father weren't together, but she said he would sign off on the adoption process."
The two e-mailed back and forth for the next couple of weeks, which worried Crissy.
"She was acting like it was done deal rather quickly and it had a 'too good to be true' type of feeling," Crissy said.
For more on the story see the Feb. 28 print edition of the Pierce County Herald or subscribe online.