A couple allegedly sold their 8-month-old baby to help them generate money to buy an iPhone and make content for Instagram, according to authorities.
VN Express reported that police in West Bengal opened an investigation of the couple after they received reports from locals in the area, which has a high poverty rate, that the couple was seen using a brand new iPhone.
As the investigation progressed, the mother admitted to the crime, officials said.
She allegedly told police that she and her husband had sold their infant baby to a woman living in the same village. The couple wanted to use the money from the sale of their baby to buy an iPhone, travel around and shoot content for Instagram reels, authorities said.
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Police said both her and the buyer were arrested, but the father fled.
Officials believe this wasn’t the first time the couple attempted to make money off a child. According to the report, the couple also tried to sell their other 7-year-old child, but the alleged plan failed.
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