Internet baby ad sends police scrambling

JAKOB RODGERS Updated: October 2, 2010 at 12:00 am • Published: October 2, 2010

A Craigslist.com posting offering up a baby to the first taker had the Colorado Springs Police scrambling on Saturday.

Police worked through the night to make sure the child was safe after receiving a report of the Internet offer at about 10 p.m. Friday. The advertisement said that someone needed to take the baby immediately or the toddler would die.

Police investigated the posting and found indications that it may be a hoax, but remained worried Saturday that an actual baby may be involved.

Worried that the baby could be hurt, police turned to the public for help and asked the parents to turn the child over to authorities under Colorado’s Safe Haven Law.

The law allows people to drop off kids to police and firefighters without fear of criminal charges.

They have asked for anyone with information about the ad to call 444-7000.

Police contacted employees with Craigslist, an Internet classified advertising site, who helped officers track down the Web address where the posting originated, said Sgt. Jerry Steckler.

“We’re pretty satisfied that they had nothing to do with posting it and someone else somehow used their identification to post that on Craigslist,” said Sgt. Steckler.

Police are still looking for the people who posted the ad, and figuring out what laws — if any — were broken.

Sgt. Steve Noblitt, a department spokesman, said officers will treat the case like there’s an actual baby involved until they find who placed the advertisement.

“Until we find the people that actually placed the ad we’re going to investigate it as a serious situation,” he said.

“We have no option.”

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