Mother finds her baby for sale online

Aug. 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM
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ABINGTON, Mass., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- An Abington, Mass., mother said she found her 7-month-old son listed for sale on Craigslist in an international adoption scam.

"Out of the blue some girl e-mailed us and said 'I think you should know someone's using Jake's picture,'" Jenni Brennan told WCVB-TV, Boston, in a story published Monday.

Brennan clicked the link in the e-mail and found a Craigslist ad that said a "cute baby boy" was available for adoption. Playing detective, Brennan said she sent a message to the address listed and quickly received a photo of her son, Jake.

The picture had been lifted from their family blog, Brennan said, calling the incident "horrifying."

The e-mail said the boy pictured was Canadian born, living at an orphanage in Cameroon and that Brennan could begin the adoption process for $300, she told the FBI and the state attorney general's office.

Brown now has restricted access to her family blog, while Yahoo officials told her they have shut down the e-mail account used in the posting.

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