Mother whose kids went missing caught in prostitution sting
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 11:09 PM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Battle Creek mother whose two kids went missing last month has been arrested in a prostitution sting.
In March, Heather Arredondo was crying out for help.
Her two young kids, a 1-year-old and 3-year-old had gone missing, kidnapped by her mother's ex-boyfriend.
Eventually, the kids were found in West Virginia and returned home safely.
Thursday night, Newschannel 3 learned that she was arrested earlier in the day in a prostitution sting.
The 20-year-old mother of two was caught in an online sting charging $275 for sex.
She talked to Newschannel 3 in March, desperate for help in finding her two young kids, 1-year-old Hadden Hopkins and 3-year-old Harmony Boyd, who were missing and not returned home on time after going to West Virginia to a funeral with her mother's ex-boyfriend.
Arredondo's roommate would only say that she was "very, very" surprised by the arrest.
We talked to Arredondo on the phone Thursday evening.
"It was a mistake. It was my first time ever being involved in something like this. I was desperate for money," she explained.
"What drives a person to go into this line of business," asked Battle Creek Police Detective Sergeant Jim Martens. "You gotta feel sorry for them to a point, but at the same time, it's just not acceptable."
We're also told that Child Protective Services has custody of Arredondo's children ever since they were brought back safely from West Virginia.
Some readers may recall that the FBI was also brought in to help with the search.
Arredondo's roommate, however, doesn't believe she's a prostitute, simply saying, "she's not."
The charge for solicitation of prostitution is a misdemeanor.
Arredondo is home tonight after getting booked, and wouldn't tell us why she was so desperate for money.