Published on December 28th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford0
Single mum advertised baby for £150,000 on Gumtree
A single mum advertised her baby on Gumtree for £150,000.
The woman has now had both her children taken in to care as a result of the stunt, despite saying it was a ‘silly, silly joke’ which she did as part of a dare.
The Daily Mail reports that the advert – placed on Boxing Day – prompted hundreds of concerned members of the public to phone the police.
The 20-year-old described the four-month-old boy as ‘beautiful’ and requested payment for him through Paypal. The advert first appeared on Thursday evening, and was later updated to say a deposit would be needed because of ‘time wasters’.
Last night the Bradford mum, who the Mail reports suffers from post-natal depression, said the advert was a ‘silly joke’ that backfired.
She 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.
“I put on Gumtree that I was selling a baby for £150,000. I just plucked that number out of thin air and I claimed I was acting as an agent for a friend.
“It was very stupid and I shouldn’t have done it, but I didn’t think it would be taken seriously.
“I love my boys and they make me so happy and I want them to be happy. It was just a silly, silly joke.”
She added that she had cried and begged at a ‘social worker’s feet’ not to take her children away.
“I am so upset and just want my boys back. It is my mistake, my stupidity. It should be me who is locked up, not the boys having to live with strangers. This is making my depression even worse,” she said.
The woman has reportedly been known to social services since suffering PND following the birth of her first baby in 2011. She said she had subsequently asked for help which was refused as she was deemed to be coping.
Her 40-year-old mother told the Mail that she had offered to look after her grandchildren but that ‘social services wouldn’t entertain that’.
“She is suffering from post-natal depression, but that is not why she advertised on Gumtree. It was just a daft joke,” she added.
A spokeswoman for Bradford police said the baby was fit and well and is being looked after ‘in conjunction with relatives and social services’. She added that the mum was ‘receiving appropriate care’.