Dutch couple want to keep internet-bought baby
A newspaper reports that the Dutch couple who have allegedly bought a Belgian baby via the internet in July want to adopt the baby legally.26 November 2008
THE HAGUE – A Dutch couple alleged to have bought a Belgian baby via the internet hopes to adopt the four-month-old child legally, the Dutch daily De Telegraaf newspaper reported Wednesday.
"We want to make it legal via the official channels. We have appointed a lawyer," the child's aspirant father, identified only as Gideon S, told the newspaper.
"One cannot give up a boy like this!"
Gideon S denied that he and his wife, also aged 26, bought the child, named Jayden, and said they had paid his biological mother "compensation for clothes, a few months in lieu of salary and the hospital costs".
Dutch media have claimed that the couple had paid the child's biological parents between EUR 5,000 and EUR 10,000.
The couple, who made contact with the child's biological mother after seeing an advertisement on the internet, had taken receipt of him a few hours after he was born in a Belgian hospital in July.
Gideon S told De Telegraaf that the biological parents were blocking efforts to adopt him legally.
"They want to decide themselves who receives the child."
The newspaper reported that the Dutch child protection council was expected to make a decision about the boy's future by this week.
Dutch police have launched an inquiry. The child's biological parents have been interviewed by Belgian authorities, and are on bail.
The offence of giving a child up for adoption without official authorisation carries a five-year prison sentence in Belgium.
[AFP / Expatica]