Thursday, 18. December 2014
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Interpol are hunting a woman from Bosnia who sold her son to a childless couple so she could get enough money for a new life in the west.
But the scam was exposed when the childless couple decided they also wanted to go west - and dumped the kid at Christmas because they were unable to get the paperwork for him.
The tearful boy who had been found half frozen and with several unexplained injuries including a broken arm is currently recovering in a local hospital in the northern town of Bijeljina.
Bosnian police who identified the boy's mother, named as Bisera Suljic, 25, said that she had decided to leave the country after her husband died and she was left without any money and a two-and-a-half-year old son to raise.
But when his new family decided to move they were refused a passport for the boy, so they packed up their possessions in a car and set off anyway - simply leaving him behind.
Interpol are now searching for the boy's mother as well as the couple that abandoned the child - all of whom are members of the Bosnian Roma community.
Police spokeswoman Danka Prodanovic said: "The regional public prosecutor knows about the case and are working on it together with police."
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