A Pennsylvania man tried to hawk his infant daughter to a stranger for a measly $50 — and then claimed it was all a joke, police said.
Deniz Ak, 59, was arrested by Middletown police after a man told cops the dad walked past him late Wednesday while holding a baby and offered to sell the child for a crisp $50 – or roughly the same price as a 186-count box of Pampers, the Press and Journal reports.
“Do you want to buy her?” Ak said, court documents filed in Dauphin County show. “Only $50.”
Shocked by the offer, the witness called cops, according to the files.
Responding officers found Ak clad in checkered pajamas while holding his daughter outside his Middletown home.
“I joke,” Az told police, court documents show.
But after consulting with Dauphin County prosecutors, investigators found the allegations to be no laughing matter — because of an active protection from abuse order filed against Ak, mandating that he steer clear of his daughter and her mom. It’s unclear if Az and the woman are still married.
Police said prosecutors approved charges against Ak “due to a course of conduct” and past accusations of endangering the welfare of children.
He was later charged with misdemeanor criminal attempt and endangering the welfare of a child, a felony.
Ak, who was released on his own recognizance, did not return a message seeking comment Friday. He’s expected to return to court on July 17.