The police here on Thursday arrested a woman for trying to sell her one-month-old nephew.

A case has been registered against Savithri, a native of Ballupete, and the boy has been handed over to the Child Welfare Committee.

The police said Savithri’s unmarried elder sister, who is mentally challenged, gave birth to the baby at a hospital here. During her stay at the hospital, Savithri met a woman from Chikmagalur who had a daughter and was expecting her second child. She wanted to adopt the baby boy as her second child turned out to be a girl.

After holding discussions about adoption, they decided to leave the child with her mother for a month to keep him in good health.

The police arrested Savithri and Imtiyaz, a relative of the woman from Chikmagalur, while holding negotiations. Though Savithri demanded Rs. 15,000, Imtiyaz wanted to strike the deal for a lesser amount.

Savithri told the police that she was the only earning member in the family and she tried to sell the child as it was difficult for her to meet the expenses.

Madhura, chairman of the Child Welfare Committee, told The Hindu that the child had been admitted to the child care home of the Women and Child Development Department.

Meanwhile, the woman from Chikmagalur and her husband told the committee that they wanted to adopt the child.

“The adoption law gives preference to those who do not have children. The couple already has two children,” she said. Ms. Madhura said the child would be handed over only to her mother if she made a formal request.