Greece police said they have arrested a 40-year-old Romanian woman who allegedly tried to sell her 3-day-old grandchild to a Greek couple. Another four people implicated in planning the exchange in the central town of Larissa were also held.
The 40-year-old is alleged to have kidnapped the child from a Larissa maternity clinic with the help of her 43-year-old husband.
A Greek man, aged 39, who allegedly agreed to buy the baby, was also detained along with two suspected mediators – both Greeks, aged 65 and 62 – and a 35-year-old Greek notary who had been on hand to draft the necessary paperwork, Kathimerini said.
Police were still seeking the 43-year-old Romanian grandfather and the 38-year-old Greek woman who allegedly planned to buy the infant.
The baby and its 17-year-old mother remained at the maternity clinic and were both said to be in good health.
Greek authorities have been trying to crack down on selling and theft of children after a blonde girl who got the name Maria was found in a gypsy camp which proliferate in Greece and where girls as young as 12 have given birth without any charges of statutory rape being brought.