From: Reuters
Published May 27, 2008 04:19 PM

Baby put up for sale on Craigslist: Canada police

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A couple has been arrested in what Canadian police said on Tuesday was an apparent offer to sell a seven-day-old baby girl on Craigslist for C$10,000 ($10,100).

A woman who saw the offer on the popular website alerted police who tracked down the 23-year-old mother and 26-year-old father using a cell phone number that was listed in the advertisement.

Vancouver police said the couple told investigators the offer was a hoax, but were arrested for public mischief with other criminal charges possible as the investigation continues.

"There are so many questions here," Constable Tim Fanning told reporters.


Police said the advertisement described the baby as "very cute" and "unexpected" and that its parents, who could not afford to care for it, wanted to give it a good home.

The child was put in the care of social workers.

($1=$0.99 Canadian)

(Reporting by Allan Dowd, Editing by Peter Galloway)

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