Prank offer of free baby lands teen in trouble - - Jackson, MS

Prank offer of free baby lands teen in trouble

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) - Police say charges are pending against a Clinton teen for pulling a prank on a friend when he advertised a free baby boy on Craigslist using the friend's cellphone number on the contact information.

Police Chief Don Byington would not identify the youths involved, but told The Clarion-Ledger ( ) the posting was "a bad practical joke."

Byington says the 18-year-old student at Clinton High took a photo of an unknown baby boy and placed the advertisement on Craigslist to give away - not to sell - the baby.

He says police interviewed the student on Monday.

Prosecutors say the posting of such information can be prosecuted under state law that makes the "posting of messages through electronic media for the purpose of causing injury to another person" a felony.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

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