Sandpoint, Idaho, police say a Craigslist Internet ad offering a 4-year-old boy for sale for $5,000 was the work of a bored Idaho teenager.
Sandpoint police Lt. Corey Coon says he tracked the ad to a 17-year-old who says he posted it as a joke. The teen says he used a boy's photo he found on the Internet.
A Spokane, Washington, woman initially spotted the ad and alerted authorities. Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Damon Simmons tracked the author through search warrants served on Internet service providers. After tracking the computer that created the post to northern Idaho, the sheriff's office turned the case over to Sandpoint police.
Coon tells The Spokesman-Review he's investigating possible criminal charges, such as identity theft or fraud.