Police operatives have arrested a man for selling his baby daughter online for £6,800 to pay off his gambling debts.
Named only as Jiang, the heartless father sold the one-year-old to a couple after racking up debts of more than 60,000 Yuan (£6,798), according to reports in China.
He flew her more than 1,150 miles away from their home in Guiyang, Guizhou province, last November after lying to his wife about needing to stay with his mother.
But his wife grew concerned after he repeatedly postponed their return for a staggering three months, according to the reports seen by Mail Online.
In February, she checked her husband’s phone and found chilling conversations between him and her daughter’s buyers.
The distressed mum, named as Wang, then met with her husband’s mother in Zunyi city, about 87 miles away, who informed her that her son and granddaughter left her weeks ago.
He admitted owing the huge gambling debt and decided to take the drastic measure after seeing ads for child adoption.
Jiang lied to the buyers – a couple in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province – by telling them he was a single father who could no longer afford to care for the girl.
The father even claimed his own parents were dead so he had nowhere else to turn. Thankfully, the child was located by cops last Friday and reunited with her grateful mum.
Jiang has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, according to cops.