++TURNS OUT THIS WASN’T A JOKE AND (according to this article) THE CHILD WAS ONLY 2!!++
From BattleCreekEnquirer.com, ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP (WZZM) — The Ottawa County prosecutor is reviewing a case against an Allendale Township woman, who investigators say tried to sell a 2-year-old girl on eBay. Detectives with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department say dispatchers received phone calls from as far away as California and New York, notifying them about the posting around noon on Monday. Investigators say one of the callers actually placed a bid on the child, thinking it was a hoax. However, the suspect accepted the bid and contacted the bidder. The caller then contacted investigators. Detectives say the suspect is related to the girl and the mother entrusted the child to her while she was away. The suspect is 20 years old and from Allendale Township. Investigators are withholding her name until charges are filed.
After the posting was discovered, deputies contacted the child’s 23-year-old mother who was in Grand Rapids. After meeting with the girl’s mother, a worker with Child Protective Services turned the child over to her. Investigators believe the suspect wasn’t actually going to sell the child, but would likely take the money under false pretenses. The toddler, who is from Wyoming, Michigan was not hurt. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT or visit www.mosotips.com.
Can someone please tell me if this is real or fake? I got an email and immediately went over to Ebay but wasn’t able to find this ad. It appears to have a buyer and is now closed. If anyone out there knows if this is real or not, please feel free to drop a line to Why O’ Why. You’ll have complete anonymity.