Mother said to have pawned baby claims child was kidnapped

Mother said to have pawned baby claims child was kidnapped

IPOH - The woman who had said that she agreed to part with her eight-month-old baby for two days in return for a RM3,500(SGD1,400) loan is now accusing the couple who took the boy of kidnapping.

K. Kanagavalli from Malim Nawar also denied that she had given the baby up for adoption in May.

"I was told that my son would be returned to me after two days," the 31-year-old mother of five said after lodging a report at the district police station here yesterday.

"It was not explained fully to me that the written agreement (with one Norhidayu Badrol) said that my son would be adopted," she told reporters here.

Kanagavalli had said that she needed money to settle 15 traffic summonses slapped on her express bus driver husband that prevented him from working.

Norhidayu's husband claimed on Saturday that the baby was put up for adoption and he and his wife had adopted the boy because the child was in a state of neglect.

Norhidayu and her husband lodged a police report after taking the baby to cover themselves and also make it easier for them to adopt the child legally.

On Tuesday, 37-year-old Norhidayu took along the baby and her three children, aged between 17 and eight, when giving a statement at the Air Kuning police station near here

She produced an agreement signed by Kanagavalli when handing over the boy on May 15 and the police report that she (Norhidayu) lodged after taking the boy.

Norhidayu said she only wanted to provide the boy a better life as Kanagavalli had told her she could not afford to raise the child.

"She lives near my in-laws, and had been telling them her problems and how she could not afford to raise the child.

"That is how I got to know about her predicament and tried to help her.

"After she handed over the baby, everything was fine until June 21, when calls started coming from Kanagavalli asking me to return the baby to her.

"We found out later that someone had offered RM20,000 (SGD8,000) for the baby," she claimed.

Norhidayu said that after taking care of all the needs of the boy, showering him with so much love, she would not give him up just like that.

She said the application to adopt him through the Welfare Services Department was being processed.

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