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Brazilian baby for sale: $23, a TV and DVD player

October 16, 2007 |  6:54 pm

Authorities say a teenage mom and dad were about to sell their 9-month-old child to a tourist couple when the baby's aunt stopped them, reports O Globo.

The teenagers (she’s 17, he’s 18) said they couldn’t afford to rear the child.

They were allegedly planning to sell the child for about $23, a television and a DVD player, police said.

The tourists were getting ready to leave on a bus with the child when the aunt intervened, O Globo reported.

Police in Juazeiro, the northeastern Brazilian city where the alleged incident occurred, are investigating. The parents were released after being questioned. The infant has been placed in an institution pending the outcome of the inquiry.

Posted by Marcelo Soares and Patrick J. McDonnell in São Paulo, Brazil