Parents' Bid To Raise Another Child Denied

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - The parents who lost or gave up custody of 12 children and were once accused of selling a son for $300 on the Internet will not be permitted to raise their 13th child.

Frank and Renee Layne of Alliance failed to meet a court-ordered counseling plan and other requirements to raise their 1-year-old girl, Stark County Department of Job and Family Services officials said. The girl remains in a foster home with one of her siblings.

The Laynes did not attend Wednesday's hearing in Stark County Family Court. A case worker who talked to them last week said they no longer wanted to pursue custody of the girl.

The Laynes have lost or given away custody of their 12 other children amid complaints of improper care and an alleged Internet offer to sell their oldest son to a Virginia man for $300. The couple denied any sale and said they were merely trying to find the boy a better home.

Social service workers later dropped the claim from a complaint when the Laynes acknowledged the boy was neglected and his siblings were not getting proper care.

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