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Ad offering child for $1,000 was a joke

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By Associated Press

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- Manitowoc police say a Craigslist ad offering to sell a 4-year-old boy for $1,000 turned out to be a teenager's joke.

Authorities took the ad seriously when it was placed last week. By the time police got a call from a woman about the ad, it had been removed from Craigslist. But the caller helped detectives contact the suspect.

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Detectives became even more concerned when the suspect said the boy had been sold for $1,200 but he would be able to acquire another child.

Police traced the computer to Roncalli High School and a 17-year-old student who posted the ad in class as a joke.

Police say the boy apologized. The Herald Times Reporter says police issued a $681 ordinance citation for disorderly conduct rather than a criminal charge.

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