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    Free baby offered in Web site ad

    Police investigate Craigslist posting

    By Joe Hughes
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    November 24, 2006

    San Diego police yesterday started an investigation into a case of possible child endangerment after receiving tips from two concerned people regarding a posting on Craigslist, the online classified-ad service, that purported to offer a free baby to a good home.

    Copies containing the ad content were sent to police after dispatchers recorded two calls about 10:30 a.m., complaining and asking police to investigate.
    “The copy of the ad sent to us shows a picture of a baby,” San Diego police Sgt. Jim Schorr said. “We immediately contacted our child-abuse detectives in an attempt to find out if this was some kind of hoax. We are taking this very seriously.”

    The copy given to police says: “Free baby boy to good home. My ex-girlfriend had him a few weeks ago, but now he just sits in my closet and cries. I'm not too sure how to deal with it, and I'm in a pretty low financial spot. I lost all the baby accessories. Batteries not included. Transaction final. No returns. Guaranteed not DOA.”

    The ad also said the baby was in San Diego and that the man would deliver, police said.

    When police tried to access the ad at midday, it had been removed from the Web site.

    Attempts to independently contact Craigslist in San Francisco for comment were unsuccessful.

    Police said detectives would try to trace the person who placed the ad and see if a real baby, not a toy, was being offered.

    On its Web site, Craigslist says it will not release nonpublic information about posts without a subpoena or search warrant per federal law.

    Craigslist, which started in 1995 by offering free online classifieds for the San Francisco area, attracts about 10 million users a month. Most ads are free to place, luring advertisers who might otherwise pay for ads in traditional media. Online auction giant eBay bought a 25 percent stake in the site from one of the original shareholders.

    A check of Craigslist's San Diego site yesterday showed such items as Chargers tickets, cars, trucks, bikes, electronics, household items and a children's computer starter kit, which included a keyboard, mouse and software.
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    Even if it was a joke, it wasn't funny. Might have been a jab at the ex-gf while the guy had to be a father for an afternoon, but damn, how incredibly immature if it was.
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    I cant believ craiglists not assisting without a subpeona. I mean a child might be in danger. Come on.
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    I will keep you updated - if there are any updates.
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    If it was a joke it was in poor taste. I too think Craigslist needs to be more concerned with the things being posted for sale on their website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDawg3533 View Post
    I cant believ craiglists not assisting without a subpeona. I mean a child might be in danger. Come on.
    Read up some about the Craig's List founder, he is a pretty big Lib so I'm not too surprised.
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    =====Update=====

    Free-baby ad's author calls it 'obvious joke'

    By Joe Hughes
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    November 29, 2006

    San Diego police have found the man who placed a classified ad that offered a free baby boy on the Craigslist Web site.

    The 19-year-old man told detectives he placed the ad over Thanksgiving as a hoax.

    “He told us it was an 'obvious joke,' ” said Sgt. Chuck Arnold of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
    Two people who saw the ad before it was removed from the site called police last week.

    Detectives located the man Monday night with cooperation from officials from Craigslist.

    “We went to his residence downtown. His girlfriend was there,” Arnold said. “He told us it was an obvious joke and that he never thought it would be taken seriously.”

    Detectives searched the home for a baby just in case, but didn't find one.

    Arnold said the District Attorney's Office was still trying to determine if a crime had been committed, but that “it appears unlikely.”

    The case is not linked to a similar incident in which a former El Cajon couple who were going through a divorce tried to sell their 5-year-old child through an online ad, authorities said.

    That case is still under investigation.
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    I assumed it was a rebate special, and it probably came without diapers, which you had to buy from them.

    Sorry, I was looking at new computers today.

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