Brazilian cops rescue two-month-old boy who was ‘pawned by his mother to pay $58 debt to drug dealers’
- Cops in Mato Grosso, Brazil, recovered a two-month-old boy who was reportedly left at a drug den by his mother as a promise to may $58 debt to drug dealers
- The baby was removed from the home Tuesday after the local child protective services agency received an anonymous call and alerted the police
- VG Noticias learned that the boy had spent 15 days under the care of two women who live at the residence
- The Military Police said the home was investigated in the past for drug trafficking
- The women told the lead investigator that they were never promised any money from the mother, who purchased drugs from another neighborhood home
- The mother has temporarily lost custody of her baby. She has two other children who are in custody of a family not related to her and at a shelter
Authorities rescued a two-month-old boy from a neighborhood drug den in west-central Brazil after a mother-of-five other allegedly pawned him over a $58 drug debt.
The Military Police was dispatched to the home in Pontes e Lacerda, Mato Grosso, on Tuesday, after the Guardian Councilship (child protective service agency) received an anonymous phone call, according to Brazilian online news outlet G1.
Online news portal VG Noticias reported that the mother appeared in court Thursday and denied that she had abandoned her boy because of a drugs related debt.
It’s alleged that the woman left her son for 15 days under the care of two women who live at the residence as a promise to pay back the money she owed to one of the local drug dealers.
However, the women told lead investigator Bruna Laet that the mother had not purchased or consumed drugs at their home. They alleged she had gone to another place to purchase it.
Lieutenant colonel Sandro Barbosa walks out of an alleged drug den in Mato Grosso, Brazil, on Tuesday with a two-month-old boy who was reportedly pawned by his mother as a promise to pay for a $58 drug debt. Police said the mother is a known drug user. A judge has temporarily revoked the custody of the boy from the mother, who has two other children. The oldest child is under the care of a family not related to her. Her middle child, a daughter, is currently staying at a shelter
Lieutenant colonel Sandro Barbosa hands over the baby to a city official moments after he removed him from the home where his mother had left him as a promise to pay a drug debt
Cellphone video of the rescue shows Barbosa carrying the baby boy out of the home and placing him in the arms of a female official.
‘What we found out at the time of the incident is that the mother, desperate with the drug debt, which was no more than ($58), left the child as a form of payment guarantee and the people at the house accepted it,’ lieutenant colonel Sandro Barbosa said.
‘But you can’t measure that value of a human life.’
The women who were with the boy were not placed under arrest because they told authorities they did not take the child as a promise for future payment.
A police officer in Pontes e Lacerda, Brazil, holds the two-month-old baby, who was reportedly abandoned at a drug den as a promise to pay a drug debt
However, their home had been investigated in the past for drug trafficking.
‘They claim that they know the child’s mother and that they were just doing a caring favor, but we know that’s not the reality,’ Barbosa said. ‘If the mother did not show up to pay the debt, they would keep the child.’
Barbosa revealed that the child’s mother, whose name was withheld, ‘is a known addict in the city for over 10 years.’
A judge for the 2nd Court of Pontes e Lacerda temporarily revoked the child’s custody from the mother.
According to the Mato Gross Public Ministry, the woman’s first child died at the age of two. The oldest child is under the care of a family that is not related to her. Her daughter is currently staying at a shelter.
The two-month-old baby spent most of his time with his ill maternal grandmother, who suffers from heart problems and is unable to look after him.
Sources told VG Noticias that the mother attended a drug rehab program at a local clinic and was discharged March 22.