Chilean Teen Arrested For Putting Newborn Baby Up For Sale On Facebook

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Police say a teenager in Maipu, Chile, was arrested for selling her newborn baby on Facebook for $113.

Veronica Carrera Chaparro, 18, was arrested along with her mother Angela Chaparro, 42, and sister Daniela Perez, 24, who have been accused of helping her sell the baby, the New York Daily News reports.

Chaparro found out she was two months pregnant in February 2013, police claim.

She revealed the news to her then 17-year-old boyfriend and told him to keep it a secret, but he told her family, anyway.

Police Chief Miguel Ampuero said the mother and sister gave her three options, "sell it, abort it or give it up for adoption."

The child was advertised for sale on Facebook, and the day after the baby was born on Nov. 4, a family from the Santiago neighborhood of Puente Alto expressed their interest and offered to pay formal registration fees of $1,870.

Chaparro, her mother and sister were arrested and charged in connection with the sale.

They appeared before a court Sunday, where prosecutor Ernesto Silva described the case as “very serious” but explains that it falls within a legal loophole. He adds that Chilean law does not make it "a crime to offer the delivery of a newborn over the Internet, even though financial compensation is offered."

The unidentified buyers were also detained and will appear before a court on Monday, Cooperativa reported.