A mother accused of selling her newborn son for $4,200 to pay for a nose job has been seized by police.
The 33-year-old woman, not named in local media, is said to have told a friend she did not want to keep the baby.
So she arranged for a couple to buy the child just five days after he was born on April 25 in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, southern Russia.
Police say the mother surrendered her son to the couple for a deposit of just RUB 20,000 ($420).
But the infant needed hospital treatment and medics asked the couple for his birth certificate.
The couple then asked the woman for the birth certificate, which she gave them in exchange for a further RUB 100,000 ($2100) on May 26.
Incredibly, she told the couple that she intended to spend the cash on a cosmetic op on her nose.
But before the couple could hand over the remainder of the total RUB 200,000 ($4,200) fee, police arrested the group for human trafficking.
"The investigating authorities of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Dagestan have initiated a criminal case against a 33-year-old resident of the city of Kaspiysk," authorities said in a statement obtained by Newsflash.
"On April 30 the woman who had given birth was discharged from the hospital, where, having met with a local resident, she agreed to hand over her newborn son, who was in a state of helplessness, to him for a reward of 200,000 rubles.
"She then issued a waiver for the rights to the child, and the suspect received money amounting to 20,000 rubles for the child from the third party."
Police said they were made aware of the child's sale, prompting them to step in.
"Currently, a series of investigative action is being carried out, aimed at establishing all the circumstances of the crime committed and consolidating evidence of the suspect's guilt.
"The issue of choosing a preventive measure against her is being decided."
- Australscope/ Newsflash
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