British Columbia

Vancouver parents arrested after baby posted for sale online

Police have arrested and released a Vancouver couple after an ad was posted online offering a newborn baby for sale.

Police have arrested and released a Vancouver couple after an ad was posted online offering a week-old baby for sale.

A woman from Maple Ridge, B.C., called police on Friday reporting an ad offering to sell the girl for $10,000, Const. Tim Fanning said on Tuesday.

The ad said "Must have!!!! $10,000, a new baby girl, healthy and very cute. Can't afford and unexpected, Looking for a good home, Please call ASAP" and included a cellphone number.

Police tracked the posting to a residence in downtown Vancouver on Friday night, where officers did, in fact, find a newborn baby.

The parents of the child told police the ad was a hoax, but both were arrested, said Fanning.

The 23-year-old woman was released at the scene, and the 26-year-old man was held on charges of mischief but later released without charge.

A special police unit that includes a social worker initially took the baby, but provincial authorities have taken over the case and Fanning couldn't comment on the baby's whereabouts, or if  she has been returned to her parents.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development confirmed it is investigating.

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