Police Investigating Disturbing Facebook Photo of 'Kids for Sale'

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Police Investigating Disturbing Facebook Photo of 'Kids for Sale'

Two toddlers seen with their hands and mouths duct taped.

Published March 20, 2016

Memphis police are investigating a Facebook user named Jaton Justsilly Jaibabi after the woman posted a photo of two young children, believed to be her own, with duct tape wrapped around their mouths and hands. The caption on the photo reads, "Kids For Sale 45% Off because they bad."

As reported by local new station, WMC, the Memphis Police Department was sent the photo Thursday night and they immediately opened an investigation: 

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Along with local police, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services told WMC that it is doing more research before launching their own independent investigation into the family. 

While many who saw the shocking photo on Facebook are calling for the two children to be taken out of what they believe is an abusive home, Jaibabi's cousin, Derion King, is defending her. "I don't really to much care about the people they have opinions," King wrote on his own Facebook page in reference to the backlash. "Our family and friends know the love we have for all the kids in our family it's just crazy that out of a whole lifetime they judge a person off of this one event. 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."

Jaibabi has since deactivated her Facebook account, but could still face grave consequences for the picture. Joke or not, law enforcement agencies are taking the duct-taped, "for sale" children very seriously. 

(Photo: George Manga/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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