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New York man arrested after trying to sell a baby for $100 on Craigslist

By Mason White 10:40 AM August 6, 2013
Paul Marquez 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with child endangerment related charges after he was caught trying to sell a baby on a classified advertisement website for $100 according to police reports in New York.

New York City Police said that a Staten Island man is accused of trying to sell a 2-month-old on Craigslist.

Paul Marquez, 23, posted an advertisement on the website twice late last month, offering a baby for sale for $100 police said.

The advertisement said: “I have a baby of two-months-old, who loves to play and have a bit of fun, but there is a problem, doctors say she has asthma and if she turns a certain way she can stop breathing. She really gets on my nerves and I do not want her.”

The girl is the daughter of a 19-year-old woman Marquez had met online and dated a few times.
Prosecutors said Marquez ran the advertisements as an act of revenge because the woman did not spend more time with him.
Marquez admitted that he “did all this to get revenge” on the child’s mother, according to court documents.

According to court documents, the advertisement included baby pictures, and Marquez gave out the phone number of the baby’s mother.

He published the advertisement, not once, but twice, after Craigslist took it down for the first time, officials said.
The girl’s mother said that at least one person called her and offered to buy the baby, according to court documents.

A neighbor of Marquez said the behavior seemed out-of-place.
“He’s quiet, that’s all I can say. He does not look like that kind of guy,” James Scott said.

Marquez was arrested last Thursday and is being held on $1,000 bail.
He is charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors, and faces a year in jail if convicted.
He is due back in court Tuesday.