A WOMAN who promised to sell her unborn baby to childless couples - including one from Wrexham - has been branded a 'cynical and callous' mother by the judge who sentenced her.
Mr Justice Henriques described Moira Greenslade a 'dishonest predator' as he jailed her for two years at Leeds Crown Court for the Internet deception.
Peter and Sharon Robinson-Hudson, from Penycae, signed a surrogacy agree-ment, worth £5,000, in August last year when Greenslade was already pregnant.
They had no idea that the previous February Greenslade, 33, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, had made a £9,000 agree-ment with Scottish couple, Mark and Michelle Johnson.
She then contacted a third family, Janet and Andy Rashley of Southampton, offering the child for adoption in a proposed £8,000 agreement made in the same month as the deal with the Hudson-Robinsons.
Greenslade dishonestly made £2,500 from the couples, who she contacted through a surrogacy website.
She was jailed after earlier pleading guilty to three charges of obtaining money by deception and three offences under the Adoption Act. Peter and Sharon Hudson-Robinson did not wish to comment on the sentence.
The judge told Greenslade, who kept her head bowed throughout the proceedings: 'Right-thinking members of the public will feel outrage at your cynical and callous fraud.
'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.'
Greenslade gave birth to a baby girl in Southampton. The child was taken into care.
The Robinson-Hudsons have been turned down by adoption agencies.
Moira Greenslade treated an innocent baby as 'little more than a commodity, purely for financial gain', police have said.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Hopwood, of West Yorkshire Police's child and public protection unit, said: 'This is 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.
'It is quite right that a jail sentence has been imposed.'
Hesaidthe activitiesofMoiraGreenslade first came to light in late November 2003 when the Robinson-Hudson family contacted their local police and complained that despite handing over £1,500 to Moira Greenslade she had cancelled the agreement.