“How STUPID!” – I uttered to myself after reading the news about a 7-month old baby boy being auctioned in Ebay Germany. I couldn’t image what kind of mother this little boy have. Should parents resort to things like this just to earn money? Duh!?? Anyway, I’m happy that the local police immediately took necessary actions regarding the issue and finally arrested the parents responsible for posting it. I just hope this incident will not happen again.
Here’s the latest update:
BERLIN – Authorities in southern Germany said Saturday they have taken custody of a 7-month-old boy after his parents posted an ad on eBay offering to sell him for one euro, the equivalent of $1.57.
Peter Hieber, a spokesman for police in the Bavarian town of Krumbach, said the baby was placed in the care of youth services in the southwestern Allgaeu region, although the child’s 23-year-old mother insisted the ad was only a joke.
Authorities have launched an investigation into possible child trafficking against the baby’s mother and 24-year-old father, neither of whom was identified.
“Offering my nearly new baby for sale, as it has gotten too loud. It is a male baby, nearly 28 inches (70 cm) long and can be used either in a baby carrier or a stroller,” police quoted the ad as reading.
No offers were made for the child in the two hours and 30 minutes the ad was posted on Tuesday. EBay later deleted the posting, but assisted police in tracking down the parents.
Several people who saw the ad alerted police.
Interview w/ the mother:
Tanja, the 23-year-old mother of the baby has made a comment:
>>>> “It was only a joke. I just wanted to see if someone would make an offer. My husband and my brothers thought it would be funny.
>>>> “I would never give my Merlin away. On the contrary, if a buyer had made an offer I would have taken the advert down.
>>>> “They’ve taken my son to hospital. He will be under observation there and I’ve got to take psychiatric tests next week.”
A joke or not, I’m happy the it was stopped and no bidders favor it for the first 2 1/2 hours after it was posted. Glad to say that many people that have shown there disapproval of human-trafficking. :)