A 20 year old woman has been arrested after trying to sell her 19 month old baby boy on classifieds website Gumtree on Sunday. The woman was arrested by the Hawks after an undercover operation where they responded to her ad and the child was handed over in exchange for the money. Her first ad to sell the baby was immediately flagged and taken down, but she posted another ad on Sunday with the same contact details, but with a different heading.
Looks like she just made a typo and meant baby seat, but according to the Hawks the child was handed over during the undercover operation.
“In an undercover operation, which had commenced following the initial posting, an agent made plans with the woman to purchase her child for cash.
Mulaudzi said the little boy was handed over “as is” in the exchange. He appeared to be in a healthy state and showed no signs of neglect.
The child is now in a place of safety under the supervision of the Department of Social Development, while investigations continue into the woman’s capabilities as a mother, Mulaudzi told eNCA.com.” [eNCA]