Image of the "free" baby posted in a prank Craigslist ad. Photo via WLBT Clinton, Miss.
A teen from Clinton, Miss. who posted a Craigslist ad offering to give away an infant could be in a lot trouble with police.
The 18-year-old high school senior created the post to play a practical joke on a fellow student at Clinton High, using the friend’s phone number in the listing.
Clinton Police Chief Don Byington told the Clarion Ledger that the teen used a photo from Google of an unknown baby and offered to give away – not sell – the child on Craigslist. The post described the baby as a “beautiful 7lb 6oz male child.”
The teen whose phone number was used “didn’t know until his friends called it to his attention,” said Byington, who would not release the names of those involved.
Police used the number and collaborated with Craigslist to figure out what happened, he said. When officers determined who made the post, they contacted the student’s family who then got him from school and brought him to the police department for questioning on Monday.
Under state law, the student could face felony charges makes the “posting of messages through electronic media for the purpose of causing injury to another person” punishable of up to five years in prison.
Byington said the district attorney’s office is still exploring whether charges will be brought.
The case is very similar to an incident earlier this month in which a Clarksville, Tenn. man created a fake Craigslist ad offering to sell a baby for $850.
Jacob Marshall was arrested for making the post, which ended with “he does not cry that much and is a very quiet baby.”
“We treated it like an endangered child,” local officer Jim Knoll told WSMV Nashville. “There’s a long list of things that are funny. A baby for sale on the internet is not funny.”
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