Mother and accomplice arrested for supposedly selling a baby who is just five days old
ILOILO CITY – Two women, including the mother of a five-day-old baby, were arrested for allegedly attempting to sell her child for P40,000.
The suspects were identified as Anna Agustin, 53, the accomplice, and the child’s mother, Edilyn Pendon, 29. Both were from the city of Molo.
Agustin and Pendon allegedly conspired to sell the baby, who is now in the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, according to Major Jess Baylon, chief of the Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG-6).
Authorities revealed that they had received information about Agustin’s illegal activities, which included assisting women seeking abortions.
According to Baylon, their operatives made a deal with the suspects on how to buy the baby.
The entrapment operation was carried out at Agustin’s house on Wednesday, September 21.
Authorities are also said to have seen messages from other transactions on Agustin’s cell phone.
Based on the messages retrieved, Agustin already has a buyer even before the baby is born.
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Agustin stated that she only assists parents seeking to adopt a child. There were also parents approaching her.
She explained that because the parents are poor, she also takes the mother to the lying in to give birth there.
Meanwhile, the baby’s mother claimed that while she wanted someone to adopt her child, she had no idea Agustin would sell her 5-days-old baby.
The two will be charged with violating Republic Act 9208, also known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, as well as Republic Act No. 7610, also known as the Anti-Child Abuse Law.
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