Girl puts her 12-year-old brother on sale for $1,200 on Craigslist, leading police on statewide search
But one teenage girl in Florence, Alabama, became so fed up with hers that she hatched a plan to sell him on Craigslist for $1,200 (£750).
The unnamed girl posted an advertisement in the 'antiques for sale' section for the online market website under the heading 'Joyfull [sic] little boy (real) needing a good home, and caring people to be around'.
She also uploaded a picture of her brother, believed to be 12, and the price she hoped to fetch.
But when the ad went live a concerned internet surfer alerted the police who launched a state-wide hunt for the family to find out why a teenage boy was being offered for sale on the internet.
With the boy's image as their only clue, detectives spent two days combing the state in a bid to track him and his family down.
Police said no charges will be filed in the case but insisted they did have a long talk with the teen's sister about how serious the prank was.
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