Charges dropped for woman selling child on eBay | News
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Kent County Prosecutor has decided to not charge a 19-year-old college student for listing a child for sale on eBay.
Prosecutor William Forsyth said in a news release Tuesday, "I have witnessed many otherwise good young people make bad choices that have had regrettable and unintended consequences," and Autumn Monet Braden falls into that category.
Braden 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. Detectives with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department say dispatchers received phone calls from as far away as California and New York, notifying them about the posting.
Forsyth continued in the press statement saying, "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."
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