A former Victoria’s Secret stock boy, miffed that his girlfriend wasn’t paying attention to him, decided to get back at her by trying to sell her 2-month-old daughter on Craigslist — and someone even called offering to buy the infant, authorities said today.
“Heyy I have a 2 month old baby … she loves to play nd have her little fun but there is only 1 problem, the doctor said that she has asthma nd if she turns a certain way she can stop breathing, she’s really getting on my nerves nd I don’t want her Please email me,” 23-year-old suspect Paul Marquez allegedly wrote in one ad posted under Craigslist’s “Baby and Kids’’ category last week.
“Marquez had been chatting with the child’s mother online, and the two had been out a few times,” said a law-enforcement source.
“He was apparently upset she wouldn’t pay him more attention and posted the two ads as revenge,” the source said, adding, “[The mom] didn’t have time for him. She was working all the time.”
Marquez had put his phone number on one of the two ads — posted last Monday and Tuesday — and at least one person responded, sources said. The suspect then gave the person the baby’s mom’s number.
“That person then called mom and did in fact offer to buy the child,” a source said.
But two stunned Craigslist shoppers also noticed the postings and immediately contacted the new 121st Police Precinct on Staten Island, sources said.
The NYPD’s computer-crimes unit then traced the e-mail’s IP address to Marquez, who was promptly arrested Thursday, sources said.
The city’s Administration for Children’s Services was also notified about the case, sources said.
Marquez, who has two prior arrests for petit larceny, was charged with authority to place or board out children, aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan.
Marquez was being held on $1,000 bail after his arraignment in Staten Island Criminal Court.
His mom, Concepcion, whom Marquez called right after his arrest, refused to comment today.
His Legal Aid lawyer, Tamara Giwa, did not return a call for comment.
A worker at Victoria’s Secret in the Staten Mall, where Marquez had worked, said he was no longer an employee there.
In 2007 and 2008, Marquez was busted on the larceny raps and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in both cases. He was given a conditional discharge and several days of community service.