For the third time in six months, Spokane-area detectives are investigating a child-for-sale advertisement on Craigslist.
A citizen called 911 to report the July 29 posting, but a dispatcher noticed the ad had been removed from the website.
The man brought a copy of the ad to the Spokane Police Department. Posted at 12:56 p.m. and titled “7 year old boy - $3000 (Spokane),” the ad said, “nice boy needs home will trade for anything.”
Spokane police Detective Curtis Kendall obtained a search warrant for the Internet protocol address used to post the ad, according to a search warrant filed today in Spokane County Superior Court.
Kendall said probable cause exists to charge the ad’s author with felony child selling/buying, according to the search warrant.
Police are recommending that same charge against a Spokane father for an ad posted last month that his girlfriend has said was a joke. No charges have been filed.
In April, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Sandpoint police determined a boy-for-sale ad discovered a month earlier was the work of a bored teen.