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Italy: Gynaecologist arrested 'for selling teenager's baby to childless couple'

last update: May 08, 17:59

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Caserta, 8 May (AKI) - Police on Wednesday arrested a gynaecologist in southern Italy who allegedly sold a teenage girl's baby to a childless couple for 25,000 euros.

The gynaecologist, named by Naples daily Il Mattino as Andrea Cozzolino, persuaded the teenager not to have an abortion but to give birth to the baby in an exclusive private clinic near the city of Caserta where he worked.

Police were alerted after the girl made a complaint when she discovered the clinic had registered the baby boy in her family's name although Cozzolino had promised her the baby would adopted by the couple, who bought him in October 2011.

The teen is under investigation for violating Italy's adoption and fostering laws after she had the baby removed from the couple and placed in an orphanage.

The childless couple, named by Il Mattino as Carmela Giordano and Elio Miranda from the province of Salerno, were ordered to report to police.

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