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UPDATE: Newhall: ‘Free baby’ ad leads to investigation

Posted: July 19, 2013 10:38 a.m.
Updated: July 19, 2013 6:46 p.m.
 

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s detectives are investigating an item posted on Craigslist offering a “Free baby (Newhall),” a sheriff’s spokesman said Friday.

“We believe it’s a hoax, but we are erring on the side of caution because you never know,” said Lt. Robert Lewis of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The ad posted on the popular online site, through which people buy and sell items person-to-person, features a photograph of an African-American baby girl.

Posted Thursday about 6 p.m., it says the baby is available “To a loving home” and lists a phone number with a 661 area code. A call to the number went straight to voice mail, and a message left requesting a call-back was not returned.

Messages left for a response from Craigslist were also not returned.

“As of right now, we are treating this as a suspicious circumstance and possible child neglect,” Lewis said. “We’ve filed a report and handed the report to our detective bureau.”

A “free baby” ad was placed on Craigslist in February 2012 that turned out to be a prank. The posting was put up by a high school student tracked through the ad’s phone number by police in Clinton, Miss.

Earlier the same month, a man from Clarksville, Tenn., was arrested for posting a Craigslist ad that offered a baby for sale for $850.

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