Mom who tried to sell baby on Gumtree appears in court

2015-11-05 16:45
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Durban - A 20-year-old woman, arrested for trying to sell her baby on Gumtree for R5 000, appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

- Read more: Gumtree condemns toddler-for-sale ad

The case was postponed until later this month so the charge sheet could be formulated, police spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese said.

She had already abandoned her bid for bail during her first appearance last month.

She was arrested in Pietermaritzburg after an undercover agent arranged to buy the 19-month-old baby from her.

- Read more: Toddler cries as mom tries to sell him for R5 000

The toddler was apparently present when the mother subsequently met with a policewoman and allegedly negotiated the sale of her child.

The woman allegedly said her reason for selling the toddler was because the father was not providing financial support and had questioned the boy’s paternity.

The child was handed to a social worker and the R5 000 was recovered. 

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  crime
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