The anonymous poster of this ad claims to be working with the Department of Children and Families who are yet to comment on this matter.
A startling listing on Craiglist supposedly offered to sell a newborn baby in Florida for $500. This repulsive act has prompted a state investigation, where officers are currently trying to find the culprit behind this disturbing advertisement. Titled, 'Selling a baby - $500 (Kendall fl)', The ad further details that infant is merely two-weeks-old, who spends his/her time sleeping and doesn't make any noise. Apart from offering clothes and formula to the buyer, the anonymous seller also offered the kid's elder sister for free.
State agents are trying to figure out who posted a Craigslist ad purporting to want to sell a newborn child.— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) 26 November 2019
“Baby is 2 weeks old. It sleeps, don’t make noise at night,” the ad read. “Can give you the baby 4 year old sister for free.” https://t.co/zNhXma6QB1
Authorities are yet to determine whether the advertisement was posted as a sick joke or someone was actually trying to sell a child online. The advertisement reads: "Selling brand newborn baby for $500. Baby is 2weeks old. It sleeps, don't make noise at night. Formula and clothes will give to you. Can give you the baby 4-year-old sister for free." Furthermore, the lewd poster maker claims to live in a "quiet influential neighborhood" and that he/she works for "the department of children and families." However, the unknown person clearly stated that he/she did not want to be judged for their choice of selling the infant. "I don't wanna be judged for not wanting these kids," concluded the ad.
I hope it’s a joke, if not, this proves our culture has hit rock bottom.— Ralph Napolitano (@DrRalphNap) 26 November 2019
A probe was launched by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Friday, the same day the ad was posted, reports Miami Herald. "We do have an active investigation that started last Friday," said Gretl Plessinger, an FDLE spokeswoman, who denied to provide any specifics when asked about the case. The Florida Department of Children and Families is yet to comment on this matter. Reports state that the FDLE agents interviewed a woman, who they suspected to be the one behind this obscene offer. However, she has reportedly denied any involvement in this matter.
WHAT KIND OF PERSON COULD DO THIS? WOULDN'T BE THE FIRST TIME, BUT MAY IT BE THE LAST!— Hemlock TeaRoom (@HemlockTeaRoom) 27 November 2019
Newborn baby offered for sale in a Miami Craigslist ad. The state is investigating. https://t.co/OstmN4aQis
Police officers are now waiting for computer records which could be used to track down the person who posted the ad. This isn't the first instance of such a repugnant act. Kenia Quiala Bosque of Opa-Locka was arrested seven years ago after agents caught her trying to sell her 8-month-old son to a Monroe County man. Bosque was charged with one felony charge of an adoption violation, which prohibits "to sell or surrender, or to arrange for the sale or surrender of, a minor to another person for money or anything of value." After being convicted she was sentenced to 180 days in jail. She also lost custody of her children.
While the woman did not use any online medium to facilitate the sale of her child, there have been reports of people who have attempted to sell off their kids. On one such rare occasion, a Tennessee man and woman were arrested in 2017 for trying to sell their 5-month-old on Craigslist. Authorities orchestrated an undercover sting, which allowed them to catch the culprits in action and charge them with aggravated child abuse, child neglect, and endangerment. The same year, a man from Colorado ended up apologizing for offering to sell his infant for $2,500. "Healthy white baby for sale cheap. Works fine but leaks out of his eyes occasionally," read the ad which the man regarded as a dumb joke. Back in 2013, a Staten Island man tried to sell his girlfriend's two-month-old daughter on Craigslist for $100 as she was not paying attention to him.