April 24th, 2010
12:51 AM ET

Man says Craigslist post offering to sell kids was a joke

New York State Police have arrested a man accused of posting his children for sale on Craigslist.

Joshua Stagnitto told police it was a joke, said Investigator Bryan R. Blum of New York State Police in Rochester. Stagnitto turned himself in when he got transportation to come to the police station, Blum said.

Stagnitto, 24, of Brockport, is charged with one count of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.

Blum told CNN the charge against Stagnitto stems from the fact "that he indicated a baseless allegation of a crime which caused public alarm" and triggered an investigation.

A member of the public called child protective services earlier in April after seeing the post. Authorities began a probe, and had to "make sure that if there are two kids for sale, that they be tracked down and nothing happened to them," Blum said.

When questioned by police, Stagnitto admitted he put the posting on Craigslist, the investigator said.

The two children remain with Stagnitto and their mother, whom Blum described as Stagnitto's "significant other."

Police do not believe the children are in any danger, he said.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, Stagnitto could face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $1,000, Blum said.

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  1. Ryan Sheppard

    Maybe it was posted to look like a joke. Meanwhile, he can peruse his more serious offers.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
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    #98, CPSWorker. Sorry, you have an invalid argument. "if callers were required to give their name and contact information, way less people would call." The number of mandatory reporting roles is immense. Innocent people on the receiving end of CPS investigations must take CPS at their word (and are utter fools if they do), so why not balance the scales and tell non-mandatory callers that, provided their story pans out, they'll remain anonymous.

    When CPS arrived at our door, told us the story they got, and I handed them 3rd party PROOF from schools, hospitals, and doctors, REFUTING THE ENTIRE STORY, CPS should have dropped it then and there. CPS didn't. This cost me several thousand dollars for an attorney to protect my family, countless nights of lost sleep, a stressed marriage, and stressed out kids. Eff CPS and eff anonymous callers. There's a need for CPS, but the idiocy and unfettered manner in which it is run will be a target for corrective efforts until the day I stop walking this planet. CPS is NOT above the law. CPS is NOT the law. Anonymous callers to CPS must NOT be protected when they cause tremendous amounts of harm unnecessarily.

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