A New Jersey couple sold their $100,000 home in order to get a newborn girl, her mother said.
Mura Baba and her husband bought the home in June for $1.6 million and hoped to eventually sell it for $500,000, but when their daughter died in July they had to sell it and get her a funeral, according to a news release from the N.J. Attorney General’s office.
Their decision to sell the home came after their daughter’s body was found in a nearby field, with no one else there to help, said Mary Anne Kincaid, a spokeswoman for the AG’s office, which is prosecuting the case.
“We knew there were no other homes in our community that were suitable for a newborn,” Kincain said.
She added that their decision to move quickly came after they discovered that the couple had no idea how to care for a child with Down syndrome.
The couple did not know what to do with their daughter, who died while she was in the care of her maternal grandparents.
Kincaid said that the parents had no prior experience with child care, but were working with the city on a project to make their own cribs for children with Down Syndrome.
“There were just some things they wanted to try, but nothing that we could foresee that would make them happy,” Kancaid said.
The case will be presented to the New Jersey Supreme Court next week.