Brief Outline: A babysitter was arrested by the FBI this morning after she tried to sell the three children under her care on the online auction site eBay.

Ayupp Verification: Fake

Origin: The news is widely popular on the social media sites.

Viral Example: According to the FBI, 37-year old Janet Miller was hired to watch over three young children aged between 2 and 6 years old while their mother was working.

The children’s usual babysitter was undergoing a surgery so their mother hired Ms. Miller through an online agency to act as a replacement for the day.

Less than an hour after the mother left for work this morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received a report from the Missouri Department of Social Services reporting about an auction on eBay.

According to FBI spokesman, Jim McElroy, investigators were shocked by the nature and the wording of the ad but were, fortunately, able to rapidly identify to the origin of the auction thanks to the cooperation of eBay.

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Detailed Analysis: The story of 37-year old Janet Miller from St-Louis, Missouri arrested for selling the kids, she was babysitting on eBay started from a website World News Daily Report on 24th May, 2018 and titled as Babysitter arrested for auctionning the kids under her care on eBay (archive here).

The picture used in the news is of 33 years old Kisstal Killough and not of 37 years old Janet Miller. As per the fox5vegas titled “Ax-wielding woman climbs fence, threatens children on North Las Vegas playground”. She was arrested for holding a pick ax and screaming threats climbed a chain link fence at a North Las Vegas elementary school Tuesday, according to North Las Vegas Police on Feb 28, 2018.

Ax-wielding woman climbs fence, threatens children on North Las Vegas playground

A woman holding a pick ax and screaming threats climbed a chain link fence at a North Las Vegas elementary school Tuesday, according to North Las Vegas Police. It happened at Williams Elementary on the 3000 block of East Tonopah Avenue in North Las Vegas at around noon, NLVPD public information officer Eric Leavitt said.

The website World News Daily Report is a well known satire website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:

World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

Articles from the site World News Daily Report are frequently copied by various fake news websites that omit the satire disclaimer and present the information as real. Think twice before sharing a news from World News Daily Report on social media websites.

About The Author

Olivia Murakami is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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