A Belgian baby bought over the internet by a Dutch couple was handed over to the Belgian authorities on Tuesday.
Youth social workers say the child, known as Jayden, has a better future in his country of origin.
The Dutch couple reportedly bought the baby for an undisclosed sum from a couple in Gent, Belgium who had decided to sell the child because they needed money.
According to one media report, between €5,000 and €10,000 was paid for the child. The Dutch couple deny buying the baby and said in a tv interview that they only paid costs associated with the pregnancy. They picked up the child shortly after its birth in June.
At the end of November, a court in Zwolle ruled that the baby be taken into care because the parents had broken laws on international adoptions. The Dutch parents promised to cooperate with the authorities.
In a similar case, also last month, judges ruled that a baby known as Donna should stay with her adoptive parents, even though they too had bought her over the internet.
But the court did give the biological father visitation rights.
Baby Donna was born to a surrogate mother three years ago, who then told the biological father she had miscarried and sold the baby to a Dutch couple.
The father had demanded the baby be returned to him but the court said there was no reason to take the baby from her adoptive Dutch parents because they now formed an established family.
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