A woman from Michigan is being investigated by police after putting the two year old girl she was looking after up for sale on popular auction site Ebay.
Police were alerted to the auction by a bidder, who had placed a $1000 bid as a joke, and was understandably worried when the bid was accepted. They immediately contacted police in an attempt to get the auction closed down.
Police tracked down the little girl, who was fine, and returned her to her mother.
The woman responsible for placing the advert told Fox 17 news: “It was just a joke, that’s all, you are all taking it too seriously and blowing it out of proportion. I was just trying to see how this ‘reserve met’ thing works and…I thought well wouldn’t it be funny, seeing as I have all these pictures of her on my computer to put her on there. I thought nobody would take it seriously.”
Lieutenant Mark Bennett summed up the events, “An individual from South East Michigan made a bid of $1,000, and this individual, after thinking the bid was accepted, quickly called our department thinking initially it was a hoax and wanting this posting to come down.”
“At this juncture we really do not believe that the child was actually going to be exchanged, we are probably talking more about a false pretence situation.”