A woman has denied two charges of trying to sell her baby over the internet.
The woman, whose name is being withheld by court order, appeared in a Melbourne court to answer two charges under the 1984 Adoption Act relating to making an agreement to receive money in an adoption deal.
The woman became pregnant in December 2000 and advertised on the internet that she was putting the child up for adoption.
Prosecuters said that a New York couple made contact and the woman allegedly told them she wanted £3,800 to pay her expenses.
No money changed hands and the woman later backed out of the deal after giving birth to her child. Prosecutors said the mother told police she did not know her actions were illegal.
Last month, the 39-year-old mother told Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper that she became pregnant after being raped but could not get rid of the baby after she saw it.
The child - a girl, now a year old - has been taken into care by a state welfare agency because of fears for her wellbeing.
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