Hyderabad, Jan 3: Just a month old baby boy was allegedly sold for Rs 70,000 by his father, a pavement dweller, in Hyderabad, was rescued and handed over to the child welfare department, police said.

The baby was tracked to a couple after his mother lodged a complaint nearly a week after his father sold the baby. The couple had approached the man with the offer.

The parents of the baby live on the footpath and earn their livelihood taking up petty jobs or indulging in begging, police said.

The couple had observed the poor family living on a footpath for some days and had approached the man, offering Rs 70,000 for the infant.

A case under the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act has been registered and the baby handed over to the government’s child welfare department, police said, adding further investigation was on.