Baby Sold on Facebook After Mother Was Told He Was Stillborn

baby toesIn a horrifying case that thankfully has been exposed, a newborn baby was sold over Facebook for almost $15,000. As awful as that is, the whole twisted tale is even worse.

It started when 47-year-old Feroz Khan allegedly sold his newborn grandson to a hospital nurse, after telling his daughter her baby was stillborn. He got about $830 for his own flesh and blood. Then, according to the Hindu Business Line, that nurse sold the baby to a lab technician for about $5,500. From there the baby boy was put up for bid on Facebook where a New Delhi businessman reportedly paid almost $15,000 for him. 

That poor baby. That poor mother.

It happened in northern India where the kidnapping and prostitution of children is rampant. So who knows what kind of a life this child would have faced if the crime had not been exposed. And it all started with the grandfather. I simply can't imagine anyone -- no matter his circumstances -- being able to do this to his own flesh and blood.

And can you imagine the betrayal his daughter, Noori Khan, must feel? To have her own father tell her such a horrific, heartbreaking lie. To mourn the loss of a child she has carried who was really still alive, and then to consider the danger he was in is just unbearable. It is in India where customs and ideas about children are different than ours, but nowhere on this planet should something like this ever happen.

And how does this happen on Facebook?  How often does this go on? Those are questions that need answering.

Fortunately police were tipped off after the mother became suspicious of her father, and yesterday  they raided the businessman's house and removed the child. Five people have been arrested in all. Both Khan and the two hospital workers have been charged with kidnapping, and will be in court tomorrow. According to the AFP, if they're found guilty, they could be jailed for seven years, which doesn't seem like nearly enough for something this heinous.

Can you imagine a grandfather doing something this awful?

 

Image via FromSandToGlass/Flickr

 

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nonmember avatar FarmersWife

In the end, a miracle outcome. A safe child hopefully reunited into his mothers arms and a bunch of monsters in jail. Horrific, but I bet that mother couldn't have imagined a better outcome. She has her baby back!

MomOf... MomOf2AndAZoo

I think I would have to make dear old dad disappear. What a horrible thing to do, sell your own grandchild!!

nonmember avatar Chrissy

I'm sorry.. Does that say "paided?" I don't mean to make a snarky remark, just pointing it out for the sake of the author. Catch it and fix it! :)

mama3... mama3peaches

I noticed the same thing Chrissy. I always notice stuff like that.


As for the story, I am glad the baby was found and hopefully his mother can recover from this horrible situation and raise him well.

LostS... LostSoul88

If I was her, I would get the hell away from her family and that area since it's known for child kidnapping. Why the hell would you raise a child in that area and risk it?

Melan... MelanieJK

Obviously a member of that species that's only disguised as human beings.


The child sex trade is alarmingly large and widespread and getting worse.    It doesn't get enough press but there's so many things to be outraged about it's hard to demand more.

nonmember avatar Lilac

And yet if it was a baby girl I doubt he would have been able to sell the child at all. Men in India all want male heirs no doubt this wealthy businessman was looking for an heir. Perhaps his wife or wives had only produced daughters.

Heidi Wilson

i am heartbroken for what she went through, but praying she is with her baby now God bless!

Kenai Blues

The Grandfather of this baby could possibly be the Dad himself. That's how twisted that environment is. Thank FB for being as Virally Microscopic as it is.

momof... momof35219

Someone would have died.. this is just out right sickening! Thank goodness it was caught because who knows what would have happened to that baby

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