The couple illegally put their third child up for adoption through online postings and accepted money for the baby. The mother, whose full name was not given, used the money to buy an iPhone, high-end sports shoes and other products, also online, it said.
In a similar incident last year, a teenager sold his kidney and used the funds to buy an iPhone and iPad in an incident widely.
The couple told police that they wanted the girl to have a better upbringing than they could afford, since they already had two children.
“Giving away the child was not for obtaining benefits, but giving the child better guarantees,” one said.
Shanghai police and prosecutors could not be immediately reached for comment. Apple last month launched the iPhone 5s, including a gold-coloured model, and the more budget-conscious iPhone 5c in China.