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Woman: Toddler eBay posting was a joke

OTTAWA, Mich., May 18 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman said she was shocked to learn authorities were investigating her joke eBay posting for the sale of her 2-year-old cousin.

Autumn Braden, 19, of Ottawa said she created the eBay listing for her young cousin as practice for using the auction site and was shocked when police visited her apartment Monday afternoon, The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press reported Wednesday.

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"Basically, all I was trying to do was see how eBay worked," Braden said. "I had a picture of [my cousin], so I just put it up there. It wasn't meant to be taken seriously."

Police said they were alerted by an eBay user who used the "Buy it now" option for $1,000. Braden said she immediately canceled the posting upon learning someone had made the purchase.

"I just thought at the most eBay would delete it," she said.

Investigators said Braden may have been trying to scam money from bidders but they do not believe she intended to sell the young girl. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office said they will pass a report on to the prosecutor's office for possible charges.

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