Colo. Springs Couple Tries To Give Away Baby On Craigslist

Police Search For Couple, Newborn Baby

Police in Colorado Springs are investigating an Internet posting by a couple attempting to give away their newborn child. Officials said they were notified Friday of the posting by the popular website Craigslist.

The ad reads, "I have just given birth and I don't know what to do with my baby. My BF will put it in the trash can in front of my apartments so someone can pick it up. I just don't know what to do!! Please help my baby."

The ad has since been removed and police have found no evidence to support the claim.

"Right now, we're not actively looking but we're still holding it as an open case," said Sgt. Mark Stevens, adding they have to take such reports seriously. "Unfortunately tacky is not necessarily against the law."

They have determined that someone used an open, wireless internet connection near Airport Road and South Academy Boulevard to post the ad.

"So we do know that where the computer came from is not associated with that ad," Stevens said.

After searcing trash cans in that area, and finding no evidence of an abandoned child, Stevens said charges could be filed if the couple is found.

"Predominantly false reporting to authorites. But then again, nobody actually reported to us, the police department that they had done this," Stevens said.

Colorado Springs police said they wanted to reach the couple to inform them of the Safe Haven Law. This law allows the parents to leave their child at a fire station or hospital emergency room without fear of criminal prosecution.

Anyone with information about the posting is urged to contact police at 719-444-7000.