Mother tries to sell baby on Gumtree


Baby boy for a price tag of £150,000

A mother from Bradford has tried to sell her “beautiful” baby boy for a price tag of £150,000. Police and Social services had swooped in after the advert was spotted by Gumtree users in the classifieds section.


The 20 year old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that it was all a “silly joke” and that she had been dared to put it up by friends. She also said that she had been “left devastated that her two sons had been taken away.”


“It was very stupid and I shouldn’t have done it, but I didn’t think it would be taken seriously. I love my boys and they make me so happy and I want them to be happy. It was just a silly, silly joke.”


She added: “I was crying and begging at this one social worker’s feet but she just took my son away. I am so upset and just want my boys back. It is my mistake, my stupidity. It should be me who is locked up, not the boys having to live with strangers.


“I am so sorry. I have not even been allowed to speak to them on the phone and I don’t know when I’ll see them again. I hope it is soon and they can come back to me.”


The post, originally read, “Baby, beautiful for sale, deposit through pay pal email only” had been altered to “baby boy for sale. Comes with everything included. Deposit needed as sick of time wasters.”


Detective Inspector Vanessa Smith, from West Yorkshire Police, said: “The child concerned, who is both fit and well, is being looked after in conjunction with relatives and social services. The mother is receiving appropriate care.”


While Julie Jenkins, assistant director of children’s specialist services at Bradford council, said: “We worked with the police to establish the safety of the child and we have made sure the child and the family have appropriate support.”


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