Baby offered on eBay now in state custody

German police are reportedly investigating a couple for offering their son on the auction site, through the 23-year-old woman insists the post was a joke.

Anyone who trolls eBay with regularity has probably gotten used to seeing the odd object up for sale now and again. But the Saturday story of a German pair offering their 8-month-old for purchase on the site may end up topping more than a few creepiest-ever-on-eBay lists.

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A police spokesperson in the Bavarian town of Krumbach said law enforcement is investigating the couple for possible child trafficking, even though the 23-year-old woman of the duo insists the post was a joke. Authorities, not appreciating the parents' apparently twisted sense of humor, have also put the unnamed baby into state custody.

According to Reuters, a number of people contacted German authorities after spotting the offer on eBay. "Baby--collection only," the post read. "Offering my nearly new baby for sale because it cries too much. Male, 70 cm long and can be used either in a baby carrier or a stroller." Not that the price matters one way or the other, but the parents offered to sell the child for one euro ($1.57).

No one bid on the baby in the two or so hours the post was up, police said. eBay has since taken the listing down.

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