Bennett said the 20-year-old suspect is related to the girl (her cousin) and the mother entrusted the child to her while she was away. Investigators are withholding the suspect’s 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 said they believe the suspect wasn’t actually going to sell the child, but was probably trying to obtain the money under false pretenses.
Although the Grand Rapids Press reported today the suspect said she did the whole thing as a joke, Bennett said “that’s not what the investigation shows at this point.”
Police said the toddler, who is from Wyoming, 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.
The incident is still under investigation, then will be turned over to the Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for review.
The suspect is not in custody.
— From WZZM-TV and Grand Haven Tribune reports