Police: Mother wanted stranger to drive son
by Ellen Eldridge
June 18, 2014 01:02 AM | 2274 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sheila Joyner
Sheila Joyner
MARIETTA — Police say a Marietta mother tried to hire a complete stranger to drive her 9-year-old to Macon. According to police, Sheila Sherrie Joyner, 30, answered an online ad on Craigslist from a man looking to share expenses for a trip to Florida.

The Craigslist poster called the police when he realized Joyner wanted to send her child alone with him to meet the boy’s grandparents, authorities say. An undercover agent with Cobb police then set up travel arrangements with the mother.

Police say Joyner only knew the Craigslist poster as “Eric,” and they only communicated via text messaging.

On the day of arranged travel, police say Joyner asked a babysitter to bring her son to RaceTrac on Delk Road in Marietta to meet with the Craigslist poster. Police say Joyner lied to the babysitter, telling the caretaker the man picking up her son was a “friend.”

Joyner, who was arrested Friday, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She remains in Cobb County Jail on an unrelated failure to appear in court charge.

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