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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Couple Trades Baby

TORRINGTON, Connecticut () -- The Connecticut couple who reported their infant son missing Wednesday had actually made a deal weeks earlier to give the child to their landlord in exchange for several months' back rent, law enforcement officials have said.

The landlord in turn planned to deliver the child to his lesbian sister and another woman in Maryland, authorities said Friday.

James and Lynn Luddy, who claimed their child was abducted from their third-floor apartment in Torrington, were arrested early Friday. Their landlord, Jerry Petrovits, 44, and another woman allegedly involved in the baby-selling scheme were also charged.

The 6-week-old infant was found late Thursday with Carol Brooks, 42, of Brookfield, whom officials described as a conduit for the baby's transfer.