Allendale Twp. woman tries to sell child on eBay

The Ottawa County prosecutor is reviewing the case against an Allendale Township woman, who investigators say tried to sell a 2-year-old girl on eBay. 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 around noon Monday.
May 18, 2011


Investigators said 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 said 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 said they believe the suspect wasn't actually going to sell the child, but would likely take the money under false pretenses.

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 .



I don't care if she was doing it supposedly for the money. That is so sick to put a picture of a little innocent child in e-bay for sale. She should not just get a slap on the wrist. She needs prison time!! Also the mother of the child should be checked out. How she didn't know what kind of person she was leaving her child with is beyond me.


The article says the mother was met with and then CPS returned the child to her. This is very interesting from a legal stand point -- what are they going to charge her with? I wonder if her message to the bidder described what her intent was?


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