'Baby' for sale on Craigslist
Under the "For Sale" category on Craigslist, there is a sub-category of "baby+kids." But rarely has a living baby been offered for sale.
Fairfax County police are investigating a posting from Friday listing "a 2-month-old female for sale," which was promptly taken down by Craigslist administrators. No one has been charged, and there is some good news amid this seeming latest step in the devolution of the species:
1) Several Craigslist readers immediately called Fairfax police on Friday after seeing the listing, as did one in West Virginia, and
2) There appears to be no actual baby involved.
The listing in question offered the following pitch, according to a search warrant affidavit written Friday night by Fairfax Detective Michelle DuBois:
"we had a kid but we just can't handle it right now in our lives. she is up to date on her vaccinations medical records will be provided. we have been calling her Juliet but you can rename her if you want. sorry if you think this is wrong but we think the best way of insuring a happy life for her is to give her to an affluent couple that wants to have kids enogh [sic] to pay for it. pics on request."
Fairfax police quickly contacted Craigslist and tracked the Internet protocol address to a house on Happy Heart Lane (seriously) in Annandale. On Friday night, police entered the Happy Heart residence and seized a number of computers, data storage devices and an Xbox game console, court records show.
Police found no baby and no indications of a baby, Fairfax Officer Bud Walker said. But the investigation is continuing because Virginia's adoption law prohibits anyone from accepting any money for the placement of a child, and "No person shall advertise or solicit to perform any activity prohibited" by the law. Walker said police did not suspect a scam was behind the posting, but he declined to speculate on the motive.
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