Matt and Laura Trayte were anxiously awaiting the birth of their adopted daughter, only to have their world come crashing down. That’s because they learned the baby never really existed…
Now, the couple is sharing their cautionary tale in the hopes that people will learn from their heartbreaking situation. It’s a story that seems like it was written for the movies, yet, it’s actually a nightmare come true.
The Traytes live in sunny California with their beautiful son. But like many others, they decided they wanted to add to their family through adoption.
Each year approximately 135,000 kids are adopted in our country reports the Adoption Network.
Then one day, the couple’s prayers were answered when they were contacted by a 34-year-old pregnant woman named Elizabeth Jones. She had discovered their desire to adopt through social media – and was seeking parents for her unborn child.
A strong bond quickly formed between Laura Trayte and Jones, who was expecting a baby girl.
Laura even shared special moments with her unborn daughter’s birth mom. Although Jones lived in Virginia, they met up and took photos together wearing customized shirts.
In her interview with Inside Edition, Laura shared:
“I frequently called her our hero because she was making this dream come true for us.”
There was no reason to believe anything was fishy. In fact, Jones showed the Traytes footage of her pregnant belly and sent them ultrasound photos too.
For months the couple prepared for the welcoming of their adopted daughter. And on Jones’ due date, they traveled across the country excited that their baby was on her way.
During their journey is when panicked texts from Jones started coming in. She explained to the couple that she was headed to the hospital in an ambulance and was close to giving birth.
One message said:
“We are ditching the car we are both in the ambulance. Baby is ready to come out. I’m fully dilated and her head is right there. I gotta push”
The Traytes then received a text that Jones had actually given birth in the vehicle. It read: “Oh my god we have a baby omg.”
Understandably, they were over the moon driving to the hospital to meet the precious newborn. But once they began speaking with the staff their joy immediately turned to confusion.
They were told Jones was there, however, it wasn’t for the reason they thought. She had checked herself in for pelvic and back pain, not to give birth. Jones wasn’t even pregnant.
Matt and Laura were shocked and saddened by the horrible news. It was something they had never expected, which is why they were completely thrown for a loop.
Elizabeth Jones was taken in by the authorities for the cruel pregnancy/adoption scheme. According to Inside Edition, she ended up pleading guilty to eight felonies and was given a two-year prison sentence.
While it’s still a little foggy why Elizabeth Jones decided to pull such a heartless move, the Traytes believe “attention” was her motive.
Laura explained with tears in her eyes:
“There are no words to describe just the shock, the trauma, and pain.”
It’s a story that’s giving people the chills. Fortunately, Matt and Laura Trayte have valuable tips for other couples who are looking to adopt like they were.
Watch the video below to learn what their advice is and to see more on this bizarre tale!
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