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Mum ‘uses two-month-old baby as guarantee on her drug debts’

Police in Brazil rescue baby who was left in a ‘drug den’ by its mother as a guarantee on her debts (Picture: News Flash)

A mother has been arrested after allegedly using her baby as a ‘guarantee’ on her drug debts. 

The Brazilian mum, 28, is accused of leaving her two-month-old at a drug den, vowing to return with what she owed. 

Footage shows police rescuing the child in the municipality of Pontes e Lacerda on June 8. 

Police chief Bruna Caroline Laet said: ‘In this repulsive situation, the baby’s mother handed it over to a drug house as a guarantee that she would return to pay.

‘The child was, in a way, payment for the drugs she bought. 

The two-month-old baby rescued from a Brazilian drug den has been placed into care (Picture: News Flash)
Footage shows police rescuing the child in the Brazilian municipality of Pontes e Lacerda on June 8 (Picture: News Flash)
The mother had already lost custody a day earlier following previous charges of neglect, police said (Picture: News Flash)

‘In the inquiry, we will investigate the conduct of the mother and of the people who received the baby as payment.’

The mother had already lost custody a day earlier following previous charges of neglect, police said.

It was not made clear how she was able to access her child. 

Police removed the baby from two women at the alleged drug den, who claimed the mother had merely asked them to look after it. 

Police said all three women have a history of drug trafficking. 

A criminal case has been opened against the mother for delivering a child to a third party in return for payment or a reward. 

The child was placed into care after police discovered it had been regularly taken to drug dens or left with its sick grandmother. 

Police said the mother’s three other children were also put into care while another died aged two.

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