The woman who raised Florida school gunman Nikolas Cruz paid $50,000 to adopt him from his drug addicted biological mother and later bought his younger brother for $15,000, a new report claims.
Trish Devaney, who was friends with Cruz’s adoptive mother and lived next to the family from 1999 to 2002, told Radar Online that both Nikolas and his younger brother Zachary were born out of one night stands.
‘Nick’s biological mother was just a complete screw up, drug addict and thief,’ Devaney said.
She added that his adoptive mother Lynda Cruz was desperate to have children and paid $50,000 to adopt Nikolas from the hospital when he was born.
When she learned that his biological mother was due to give birth again, she paid $15,000 so Nikolas would have a brother related to him.
‘She was happy with Nikolas and wasn’t going to try for another one, but when she found out he would have a biological brother, she decided right away to take him and her husband was on board.
‘Both children were born after one-night stands. She didn’t even really know who the two biological fathers were.’
Devaney said Lynda ended up paying to adopt through a lawyer after becoming frustrated with how long the process was taking.