Couple arrested in Nigeria accused of buying and selling babies

Feb. 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

WARRI, Nigeria, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Police in Nigeria's Delta State have arrested a couple accused of buying and selling children, including a day-old girl, officials said.

The couple, a midwife and her husband, are accused of running the baby buying scheme out of a medical store they operated in Warri, Leadership Newspapers reported Monday.

The scheme allegedly was discovered when a man desperate for cash to buy a tricycle agreed to sell his newborn child to the couple without telling his wife. While the new mother was sedated, her baby was sold and the money given to her husband, police said.

When the mother awoke and asked to see her child, her husband told her the baby had died and already been buried. The mother suspected foul play and immediately told her family, who then stormed the residence of the suspects along with police.

During interrogation, the midwife allegedly admitted to the arrangement with the father and said she had been buying babies from desperate parents of newborns and selling them to women in need of children for years.

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