Sunday, May 25, 2008

Baby offered for sale on eBay, parents say it was a joke

GERMAN police are investigating a couple after they offered their eight-month-old son for sale on the internet auction site eBay.

Renee Beck, a police spokesman in the Bavarian town of Krumbach west of Munich, said the 23-year-old woman told them it was only a joke.
But he said police were nevertheless continuing their investigation and the baby was put in state custody.
"She says it was a joke," he said. "That's not yet clear.
Detectives are investigating the couple on suspicion of child trafficking.
A number of people called authorities across Germany after seeing the offer on eBay that read: "Baby – collection only. Offer my nearly new baby for sale because it cries too much. Male, 70 cm long."
The opening bid was 1 euro ($1.65). There were no bidders during the two hours before the offer was removed, police said.
The mother was quoted in Bild newspaper saying: "It was only a joke. I just wanted to see if someone would make an offer.
"They've taken my son to hospital and I've got to take psychiatric tests next week."


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