A farming couple in eastern China were jailed for up to 51/2 years on Saturday for selling their grandson, the Yangtze Evening News reports.
In November, 2013, when the boy was four months old, Xu Daqiang and his wife Wang Xiaoying of Xuzhou, Jiangsu, decided to sell him to a family in a neighbouring county, the Tongshan district court heard.
Earlier that year, their son brought home a young pregnant woman, whom he said was his girlfriend, and he left her in the care of Xu and Wang.
The woman died giving birth, and the boy was born with defects that required costly medical treatment. Xu and Wang were unwilling to raise the child.
With the help of middlemen, they sold the boy in Pei county for 60,000 yuan (HK$70,000).
Xu received a five-year jail term and Wang received six months more, partly because she refused to admit that she had committed a crime, while evidence including witness accounts confirmed her involvement.
The child’s foster parents received suspended sentences because they genuinely treated the child as a “treasure” and willingly assisted the police investigation, the court said.
The transaction came to light in 2014 when Xu filed to divorce Wang and, to support his petition, told the authorities that Wang had sold his grandson.