A baby was sold on Facebook to a businessman in India for $15,000. Police have arrested three people in connection with the sale of the newborn baby, one being the grandfather, Feroz Khan.
Khan is already accused of selling the week-old infant to two hospital staff members on April 10 who then allegedly sold the child to another person in Delhi on Facebook for $15,000.
Police said the grandfather took the baby while his daughter was sleeping, told her the child had died, and sold the boy to a nurse for $850. A lab assistant at the hospital allegedly brokered the deal on Facebook with a man who came to Ludhiana to pick up the baby.
The mother complained to police after becoming suspicious of her father’s new wealth.
Police said the grandfather wanted to sell his daughter’s child, fathered by her estranged first husband, in order to arrange a second marriage for her.
Police arrested the grandfather and the two hospital staffers on Tuesday, and are searching for the businessman.
The baby has since been returned to his mother.
“We acted upon the complaint of the mother, who alleged that her child was stolen from the nursing home in Ludhiana,” Ishwar Singh, Ludhiana’s Commissioner of Police, told the Telegraph. “After investigations, we found the grandfather of the child had struck a deal with a man in Delhi and had roped-in the nursing staff to smuggle the baby out of the nursing home. We have arrested four people including the grandfather. We have also booked the buyer from Delhi.”
Police found the baby at Facebook buyer Kumar’s Ranjit Nagar home on Tuesday. The baby was ill and undergoing treatment at Sir Gangaram Hospital.
“All three people who conspired to sell the child have been arrested and we will be interrogating the businessman who paid the money to buy the baby,” Satish Malhotra, a senior police officer in Ludhiana, told AFP. The three face seven years in jail if convicted for kidnapping.
The grandfather wanted his daughter, who divorced her husband last year, to get an abortion when she became pregnant. His plan to sell the baby on Facebook was apparently part of “a bid to facilitate the second marriage of his daughter,” according to reports.