An effort at informal adoption has degenerated into a flurry of allegations and the detention of an Alajuela couple.
The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the case started when a pregnant woman from Panamá advertised via the internet that she would give up her baby.
The couple detained Thursday responded and invited the woman to their home in Costa Rica where she stayed for about a month. The baby was born here, and then the new mother had reservations about surrendering her child.
Investigators say that the Alajuela couple took the child and bought the new mother a bus ticket back to Panamá where she decided to return to Costa Rica and seek official intervention to get back her child.
Agents said they encountered the baby when they entered the home of the couple in Barrio La Trinidad de Alajuela to make the arrests Thursday.