A young mother tried to sell her four-month-old boy on the internet for £150,000, it emerged last night.
The 20-year-old advertised the ‘beautiful’ baby for sale on the Gumtree classifieds website on Boxing Day.
Police and social services were alerted after scores of people saw the ad and dialled 999.
Sale: This advert, which appeared on Craigslist on Boxing Day, lead to a woman having her children taken away
Officers traced the woman and took the child and his two-year-old brother into care.
Last night the single mother, who suffers from post-natal depression, said the advert was just a ‘silly joke’ that backfired.
She claimed she had been dared to post it, but had no intention of going through with the sale and has been left devastated that her two sons have been taken away.
The full-time mother from Bradford said: ‘I had been joking with my ex about selling sperm and eggs and he sort of dared me to put up a baby for sale – but I didn’t mean our children.