Police Investigates ‘Joke’ Auction of Kids on Facebook

March 21, 2016 Updated: March 21, 2016

The Memphis Police Department is investigating a “joke” auction of kids on social media, after a photo surfaced of two infants with duct tapes over their mouths, with the caption “Kids for sale, 45% because they bad.” 

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is also investigating the incident, according to WMC-TV. The children appear to have tears in their eyes in the photo. 

(‎Viridiana Lopez/Facebook)
(‎Viridiana Lopez/Facebook)

Jaton Justsilly Jaibabi, who had posted the picture on Facebook, appears to have deactivated her account. 

Jaibabi’s cousin Derion King defended the picture, saying that it was just a joke. 

“Basically a joke at the moment that people just went overboard about. People make mistakes and that’s what this situation is, a lesson learned. They are safe, unharmed, and loved. That’s all it is to it,” King told WMC-TV. 

Some were genuinely disturbed by the photo. 

“I could not breathe. It took my breathe away; caused extreme emotional distress. These are children. These are human beings,” a parent told WMC-TV.