A New York City man was arrested for allegedly trying to sell his girlfriend’s newborn baby on Craigslist for $100, police said.
Paul Marquez, 22, twice posted ads on the online service seeking to sell the infant, city police said. His defense: He was trying to get back at the child’s 19-year-old mother for ignoring him in favor of the child, the New York Daily News reported Monday.
At least one person responded to the ad.
“Heyy I have a 2 month old baby,” Marquez allegedly wrote last week in a typo-riddled ad in the baby and kids section of the website. “She loves to play nd have her little fun but there is only 1 problem, the doctor said that she has asthma nd if she turns a certain way she can stop breathing, she’s really getting on my nerves nd I don’t want her.”
After the post was flagged as inappropriate it was removed but Marquez put it up again. Both ads used a picture of the baby girl the mother gave Marquez, who has a 2-year-old child of his own.
Police said they were trying to track down the person who responded to the ad. They said Marquez gave the person his girlfriend’s cellphone number. The would-be buyer then contacted the mother.
About the same time, the police received a tip about the ad and traced the IP address to an apartment Marquez and his mother share, where he was arrested.
Marquez was arraigned Thursday on charges of violating social service law, aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. He was being held in lieu of $1,000 bail.
NBC News said he was being represented by Legal Aid. A lawyer for the group declined to comment