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Newborn baby sold on Facebook in India: Report

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Police have arrested three people after a newborn boy was sold on Facebook in India, reports say.

The baby's grandfather is accused of selling the week-old infant to two hospital staff members on April 10 who then allegedly sold the child to a businessman in Delhi on Facebook for $15,000 (800,000 rupees), NDTV reports.

Police said the grandfather took the baby while his daughter was sleeping, told her the child had died, and sold the boy to a nurse for $850 (45,000 rupees), Punjab Newsline reports. A lab assistant at the hospital allegedly brokered the deal on Facebook with a man who came to Ludhiana to pick up the baby.

The mother complained to police after becoming suspicious of her father's new wealth, NDTV said.

Police said the grandfather wanted to sell his daughter's child, fathered by her estranged first husband, in order to arrange a second marriage for her.

Police arrested the grandfather and the two hospital staffers on Tuesday, and are searching for the businessman, NDTV reports.

The baby has since been returned to his mother.

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