Charges dropped in case of Allendale woman trying to sell toddler on eBay

The Kent County prosecutor has decided to not charge a 19-year-old Ottawa County woman for listing a child for sale on eBay. Prosecutor William Forsyth said in a news release today: "I have witnessed many otherwise good young people make bad choices that have had regrettable and unintended consequences,' and Autumn Monet Braden of Allendale Township falls into that category.
WZZM-TV
Jul 26, 2011

The Grand Valley State University student is required to participate in the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s Diversion Program, which is similar to probation. Upon completion, Braden's record will be clean.

In May, Braden said she was just trying to see how eBay worked and wasn’t trying to peddle the toddler, who is a cousin.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department detectives said dispatchers received phone calls from as far away as California and New York, notifying them about the posting.

The case was prosecuted in Kent County because that’s where the incident took place.

“I am satisfied with the resolution of the case because it hopefully teaches her a valuable lesson while affording her the opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction and keep her record clean,” Forsyth said.

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