Mom arrested for selling newborn twins to maintain drug habit

Mom arrested for selling newborn twins to maintain drug habit

A South African woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell her five-day-old twins to maintain her drug habit.

The woman, according to TimesLive, was arrested on Thursday alongside two other accomplices.

The unnamed mom was said to have already given out the babies to a prospective buyer when authorities received a tipoff.

Capt Yolisa Mgolodela, the spokesperson for South Africa's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation a.k.a Hawks, said, "The joint team of law enforcers followed the lead to a house in Uitenhage, where the alleged prospective buyer was arrested and the babies rescued. Another arrest was effected on the mother of the twins and another suspect, which brought the number of arrests to three.

"The twins were admitted to the hospital as they were dehydrated and severely malnourished. They will be taken to a place of safety upon discharge."

The mother was allegedly set to receive R50 daily to maintain her drug habit.

Authorities further alleged that the alleged buyer had planned to apply for children's grant and give a portion monthly to the mother of the twins.

The suspects were remanded in custody and will appear in Uitenhage magistrates' court next Monday.

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