Romanians try to sell baby in France

14th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

ANGOULEME, France, May 14, 2007 (AFP) - Two Romanian couples were arrested trying to sell a two-month old baby girl in a hypermarket parking lot near Angouleme in southwestern France, police said Sunday.

ANGOULEME, France, May 14, 2007 (AFP) - Two Romanian couples were arrested trying to sell a two-month old baby girl in a hypermarket parking lot near Angouleme in southwestern France, police said Sunday.

A 15-year-old, the presumed mother of the baby, was taken to hospital and three adults to the police station in Angouleme, just north of Bordeaux.

"How much do you offer?" a male member said as he accosted shoppers in the parking lot, holding the baby, according to witnesses.

A woman shopper alerted the hypermarket's security who prevented the group from getting away until police arrived. A security guard got injured in the struggle.

Police were running DNA tests and local prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau said the quartet would be taken before a magistrate on Monday.

No decision had been taken regarding the baby girl, who was in good health, police said.

A similar incident occurred in Portugal where the mother of a four-month-old boy was arrested for trying to sell her baby outside a supermarket in a town north of Lisbon, media reported Saturday, citing police.

The woman was arrested Friday along with eight suspected accomplices in Villa Franca de Xira, 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the capital, and the baby was sent to a hospital for observation, they said.

The mother is a foreigner though the baby was born in Portugal, the news reports said.

According to the newspaper, the mother approached passers-by offering them her son for a sum ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 euros (13,500 to 20,300 dollars). The alleged selling went on for several hours on the city's main street with eight men serving as lookouts.

"The baby's mother was on the steps of the supermarket and would not let a woman go. She kept insisting and suggesting different prices to her," one witness, Joaquim Augusto, told the paper.

The newspaper reported that the mother and her alleged accomplices were Romanian, but police would not confirm their nationalities.


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