Woman investigated for human trafficking after joke tweet about son

Posted at 6:44 AM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 09:44:48-04

A woman's seemingly harmless joke about her young son on Twitter became no laughing matter after it brought authorities to her home.

Last month, Mississippi-based journalist Alex McDaniel tweeted that her 3-year-old son was "for sale."

McDaniel said the tweet was meant as a joke, but someone contacted a child abuse hotline to report it.

In a post on Magnolia State Live, McDaniel said Child Protection Services officials and a sheriff's deputy questioned her. She wrote: "They told me an anonymous male tipster called Mississippi’s child abuse hotline days earlier to report me for attempting to sell my 3-year-old son, citing a history of mental illness that probably drove me to do it."

McDaniel said she thinks someone was targeting her.