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Aug 12, 2013
New York Man Tries To Sell Girlfriend's Baby on Craigslist
Paul Marquez, 22, is in big trouble after allegedly posting classified web ads to sell his date's infant – because mom wasn't giving him enough attention
Today's Oh Mother is a classic case of, "Was he really stupid enough to do that?!" Spoiler alert: Yes.
Our subject is Paul Marquez. This 22-year-old New Yorker had gone on a few dates with one Katie Devalle, age 19, according to the New York Daily News. Well, it seems his new girlfriend was a bit too focused on her new baby. So Marquez took matters into his own hands and did what any frustrated dude would do: He tried to sell Devalle's 2-month-old daughter on Craigslist.
Yep – right alongside the BabyBjorn bouncers and piles of pumps and strollers in the Baby+Kid section, under the title "Baby for Sale."
Marquez, reportedly a former stocker at a local Victoria's Secret, was arrested after the attempted sale, the Daily News reported. Marquez set the price at $100, it noted. His listing apparently included the poor girlfriend's name, a photo of the child, his phone number and, according to The Daily Caller, this pitch:
"Heyy I have a 2 month old baby ... 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."
The classified ad wound up getting posted twice – and, the Caller reports, Marquez even sent out the mom's number to a person who was interested in buying the tyke.
According to Yahoo, the girlfriend alerted police when she received a phone call from that potential baby buyer.
What'd this charming man have to say for himself? "I got bored and wanted to get a little laugh and a little kick out of it, but nothing serious," according to the Daily News.
The kicker: Marquez is actually a father himself – to a 2-year-old girl from a previous relationship, both sources reported.
Dad now faces three misdemeanors, Daily News added, including aggravated harassment and endangering a child. At last report, Marquez was in jail on a $1,000 bail and could be locked up for a year if convicted.