Duisburg city police said in a statement that the 40-day-old girl was handed over to child protection officers. Photograph: (Getty)
The advertisement remained online for about 30 minutes before it was removed and widely circulated on social media
German police launched an investigation on a couple on Thursday into an eBay post that offered a baby for sale for $5,500.
Police said they launched a probe into possible human trafficking after they received a tip about the advertisement which appeared online on Tuesday, AFP reported. The ad remained online for about 30 minutes before it was removed and widely circulated.
"Child, 40 days old named Maria... for sale," the post, believed to be from Duisburg in Germany, read, Daily Mail UK reported.
Duisburg city police said in a statement that the 40-day-old girl was handed over to child protection officers.
It is not clear whether the advertisement was a hoax. Police say that initial investigation shows the post was put up using the internet connection of a "refugee" couple. The internet connection, however, was also used by other members of their family.
Bild daily reported that the online connection was not secured and could be used even in the neighbouring apartments.
"That's why other witnesses will have to be questioned," said the tabloid. The tabloid further reported that the couple had been in Germany for a year with their only child.
The 28-year-old father and 20-year-old mother reportedly confirmed during police questioning that the photos posted online were of their baby.
(WION with AFP inputs)