File this one under "unbelievable." A Staten Island, New York, man was arrested last week after allegedly posting ads to sell his girlfriend's (or potential love interest -- we're unsure) baby on CraigsList. Yes, really.
Paul Marquez, 22, purportedly posted a photo of the baby in a section of the site called "baby+kids." He explained that the child loves to play, but that she is getting on his nerves. He essentially offered her up, according to accounts of what unfolded, to anyone who would want to take her off his hands.
"Heyy I have a 2 month old baby name [redacted] she loves to play nd have her little fun but there is only 1 problem, the doctor said that she has asthma nd if she turns a certain way she can stop breathing, she's really getting on my nerves nd I don't want her Please email me," he allegedly wrote (spelling kept intact).
CraigsList users decided to flag the ad, Gawker reports, and it was subsequently taken down. But that apparently didn't stop Marquez, who is said to have posted a second ad. This latter offer of the infant led the NYPD to investigate and the posts were inevitably traced to the man's apartment.
The Stated Island Advance has more about Marquez and the bizarre case:
It turned out Marquez, who works in the stock room at the Staten Island Mall's Victoria's Secret store, was chatting with the woman online, and had gone out with her a few times, sources said. He got a photo of the infant girl by exchanging a photo of his own 2-year-old daughter, whom he had fathered with another woman, sources said.
Court papers allege that he posted the ad to "get back at" the woman, identified in court papers as Katie Devalle, and gave out her phone number in the process.
The woman told a detective that she received a call based on the ad by someone offering to buy the young girl, court papers allege. Police are still investigating the identity of the caller, authorities said.
The Advocate claims that sources say Marquez put the CraigsList post up because he "got bored and wanted to get a little laugh and a little kick out of it."
While it may have been a prank or an effort to get back at his love interest for not paying enough attention to him (two ideas that are floating around), there are some very real ramifications for his actions. He's been arrested on second-degree aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child charges, among other purported violations. As a result, Marquez could face one year in jail.
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