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Internet baby sale mother jailed
Moira Greenslade
Moira Greenslade agreed surrogacy deals with three couples
A woman who tried to sell her unborn baby over the internet to two childless couples has been jailed for two years.

Moira Greenslade, 33, of Keighley, West Yorkshire, made 2,500 after offering to give her child to two couples she contacted through a surrogacy website.

She then signed a deal with a third couple for the baby, magistrates in Bingley heard in March.

Greenslade was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Friday after admitting charges of deception and breaking adoption law.

Mr Justice Henriques, sentencing, said her behaviour had undermined the role of the adoption services.

'Dishonest predator'

He said: "Right-thinking members of the public will feel outrage at your cynical and callous fraud.

"It is the duty of the court to protect vulnerable sectors of the community from dishonest predators.

"Those couples who desperately seek a child are frequently prepared to go to extraordinary ends to meet their ambitions.

"Their hopes and prayers render them vulnerable to opportunists and fraudsters such as yourself."

The judge said that Greenslade was a striking example of a confidence trickster and needed punishment to deter others from behaving in a similar manner.

Hospital arrest

Bingley Magistrates' Court heard that Greenslade had entered into a 9,000 surrogacy agreement with Dr Mark Johnson, a GP on the island of Benbecula off the west coast of Scotland, and his wife Michelle in February 2003 and received a 1,500 payment.

She had also made a deal with another couple, Peter and Sharon Robinson-Hudson, from Penycae, near Wrexham, in North Wales, who paid her 1,000.

But she cancelled both agreements a week before the baby was due, entering into a third worth 8,000 with Janet and Andrew Rashley, from Southampton.

Greenslade, of Fell Lane, Keighley, was arrested at Princess Anne Hospital on 11 December shortly after giving birth.

Her baby girl, who is now five months old, remains in care after being placed with social services.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Hopwood, of West Yorkshire Police, said it was a very sad case.

"People who were desperate for children were taken advantage of and an innocent baby, who had no choice in the matter, was treated as little more than a commodity, purely for financial gain," he said.

"It is quite right that a jail sentence has been imposed."




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The BBC's Catherine Marston
"She signed surrogacy agreements with 3 different couples"



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