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Officials: NY man tried to sell baby on Craigslist (VIDEO)

Officials: NY man tried to sell baby on Craigslist (VIDEO)

August 6th, 2013 in News

NEW YORK (AP) - A 22-year-old man angry with a woman he dated posted photos of her 2-month-old daughter in a Craigslist ad and tried to sell the baby for $100, prosecutors said Monday.

Paul Marquez posted an ad entitled "baby for sale," prosecutors said. Marquez's posting acted as if he were the parent, said the baby loved to play and have fun, but had asthma and was "really getting on my nerves."

"I don't want her Please email me," it read.

Marquez was charged Thursday by Staten Island prosecutors with endangering the welfare of a child, harassment and a social service violation of authority to place or board out children. He was being held in lieu of $1,000 bail. A call to his attorney wasn't returned.

According to the criminal complaint, Marquez, who works as a stockperson at a Victoria's Secret, admitted he posted the listing just to get back at the woman. The two met online and had been out a few times, but he apparently was angry because she wouldn't pay him enough attention, authorities said. He gave out the woman's number "and offered her daughter for sale," according to the criminal complaint. There was no indication he actually meant to sell the infant.

The mother called police after she received a phone call from a person offering to buy the baby, according to a criminal complaint. Staten Island investigators are looking into the request - it may have been out of concern and not an illegal attempt to purchase a child.

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