New York man tried to sell baby on Craigslist: Officials
NEW YORK (AP) - A 22-year-old man angry with a woman he dated posted photos of her two-month-old daughter in a Craigslist ad and tried to sell the baby for US$100 (S$127), prosecutors said on Monday.
Paul Marquez posted an ad entitled "baby for sale", prosecutors said. Marquez's posting acted as if he were the parent, said the baby loved to play and have fun, but had asthma and was "really getting on my nerves". "I don't want her Please email me," it read, authorities said.
Marquez was charged on Thursday by Staten Island prosecutors with endangering the welfare of a child, harassment and a social service violation of authority to place or board out children. He was being held in lieu of US$1,000 bail. A call to his attorney wasn't returned.
According to the criminal complaint, Marquez, who works as a stockperson at a Victoria's Secret, admitted he posted the listing just to get back at the woman. The two met online and had been out a few times, but he apparently was angry because she wouldn't pay him enough attention, authorities said. He gave out the woman's number "and offered her daughter for sale", according to the criminal complaint. There was no indication he actually meant to sell the infant.