A caring female cop has been praised for breastfeeding a starving baby girl who was rescued after she had been sold by her dad for GBP 245 so he could buy a new mobile phone.
The baby’s father, named as 23-year-old Faustino C.M., sold the malnourished infant to a couple after initially asking for BOB 4,800 (GBP 588), but in the end, he settled for BOB 2,000 (GBP 245) which he reportedly needed to buy a new phone, according to local media.
The suspect, who police said was from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, was annoyed that his teenage partner had refused to have an abortion. When she was born, he had decided to cash in allegedly to get a new phone.
The baby’s 17-year-old mother, name not reported, had decided to continue her pregnancy despite Faustino’s calls for her to have an abortion.
The teenager gave birth prematurely after eight months after which her partner put the baby girl up for sale.
Police spokesperson Colonel Julio Cesar Cossio said they had been tipped off by a neighbour about the fact the baby was at risk prompting the police investigation.
According to reports, the police tracked down Faustino in the area of La Ramada and placed him under arrest when he then confessed to officers that he just sold the infant for BOB 2,000.
The police recovered the baby from a couple, named as Carmen C.C. and German T.D., in the area of Los Lotes.
Meanwhile, the baby girl was taken to Dr Mario Ortiz Suarez Children’s Hospital with signs of malnutrition.
Sergeant major of the Bolivian Police, Delicia Davila Calucho, who was tasked with rescuing the baby, was so moved by the hungry tot’s crying that she decided to breastfeed her.
She said: “It was a strange day because there were two roles, my police work and the work of a mother.
“I am the first-time mother of a baby and seeing a girl crying, and crying for food, I immediately breastfed her so she would survive at that moment.”
Police spokesperson Daniel Lobo said the baby’s father and the couple who allegedly bought the girl are being investigated for human trafficking with the purpose of illegal sale or adoption.