In today’s installment of “Something That A Dummy Did On The Internet”, the story of a 22-year-old who tried to sell his girlfriend’s baby on Craigslist. CBS News has some details:
Authorities said [Paul] Marquez and the baby’s 19-year-old mother had recently started dating and he told police he got upset when the woman began losing interest in him.
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.
Dumb idea, even dumber in the execution. Here’s what Marquez posted in the “baby+kids” section of Craigslist:
“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.”
After the post was flagged and removed, Marquez reposted it. The NYPD, with the help of their own Computer Crimes squad, tracked him down, and arrested him on “charges of second-degree aggravated harassment, endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of social services law violation.” He pleaded not guilty, and if convicted, could face a year in prison.
The CBS News article has a couple of quotes from friends and family members of Marquez, which are worth noting:
“He’s got his own child,” a friend of Marquez’s reportedly told the station. “He’s basically a doting father. He probably did it as a joke.”
“He’s a good kid, it was a stupid mistake that he did. Bottom line, he was on heavy medication cause he broke his leg, that’s all. He didn’t mean no harm, there wasn’t nothing malice about it,” one family member said.
As long as there are people making “jokes” and “stupid mistake[s]” online and getting into trouble, we’ll be here to report about them.