Four remanded for trying to sell infant

 By Madura Ranwala and J. A. C. Shantha Kumara

 Avissawella Acting Magistrate J. D. S. Heenatigala yesterday remanded, till February 22, four persons who had been charged with attempting to sell a five-day-old infant in Avissawella for Rs. 200,000. The suspects were mother of the infant, her sister and two hospital employees.

The incident came to light when the police on Sunday arrested a female employee of the Avissawella Base hospital when she took the child out of the hospital to be sold.

The Acting Magistrate had also ordered the mother of the infant to be admitted to the Ratnapura hospital under prison guard after considering her health condition, police said.

Investigations have revealed that the mother of the baby is an employee of the Sitawaka Industrial Zone and a resident of Deraniyagala.

The police was also ordered to hand over the child to the Probation and Child Care Department.



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