DETROIT - A Detroit man says he's still in disbelief after discovering his ex-girlfriend's plot to sell their 4-year-old daughter being offered up to a stranger for money.
He asked NewsChannel5 sister station 7 Action News not to identify him, but says "I was shocked, nervous, confused. I never would think nobody would do their own daughter like that."
He says he found out what his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Brys, was going to do with their 4-year-old daughter on after going through her phone on September 1.
He called 9-1-1.
"She was screaming and crying and begging for me not to call. She was trying to jump out of the car while I was driving," he told 7 Action News.
He says he discovered disturbing text messages on Brys' phone between Brys and a stranger she'd met on the controversial website Backpage.com
"She was crazy. She was trying to sell my daughter for $300... $500... That's not worth my daughter being molested by no criminal."
Warren police say Brys put a prostitution ad on Backpage.com and 26-year-old Edward Reardon of Lincoln Park responded to it.
When Reardon found out Brys had a 4-year-old daughter, police say he wanted to have inappropriate contact with the little girl. Investigators said he suggested through text messages that they shower together.
Police say he promised Brys cash.
He wanted to meet her at 7 o'clock the next day.
"I caught it before it happened," says the father of the 4-year-old.
"I would have done it for anybody, not just my daughter," he says.
Reardon and Brys are locked up on charges of child sexual abuse and using the internet for a crime.
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