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Police: Man's comment to sell baby for $50 was no joke

Multiple charges filed by Middletown PD

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 5/31/19

Deniz Ak said he was only joking about offering to sell his daughter for $50, but Middletown police didn’t see it that way.Police after consulting with the Dauphin County District …

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Police: Man's comment to sell baby for $50 was no joke

Multiple charges filed by Middletown PD

Deniz Ak
Deniz Ak
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Deniz Ak said he was only joking about offering to sell his 1-year-old daughter for $50, but Middletown police weren’t laughing.

Police after consulting with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office on Thursday charged Ak with criminal attempt — dealing in infant children, and endangering the welfare of children, both misdemeanors.

According to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy, Ak, 59, of the first block of East High Street, was holding a baby and walking past a man sitting on the flower bed at the square at East Main and North Union streets shortly after 7:30 p.m. May 29 when Ak offered to sell the child.

“Do you want to buy her? Only $50,” Ak is reported as telling the man. The man told Ak he was calling the police, and Ak walked away.

Police were dispatched and found Ak wearing blue checkered pajama pants and holding the baby, while standing outside his residence on East High Street.

Police said they asked Ak why he was trying to sell the baby, to which Ak according to police responded, “I joke.”

Police said the DA’s office approved the charges against Ak “due to a course of conduct where the defendant has been charged in the past for endangering welfare of children,” according to arrest papers.

Ak after being charged Thursday was released on his own recognizance, according to online court documents.

He is scheduled for a June 17 preliminary hearing before Judy.

Police noted that a current Protection from Abuse order had been filed against Ak to keep him away from the mother and baby.

In a separate criminal complaint, police May 29 charged the infant’s mother, Hassiba Agha, 40, with endangering the welfare of children.

Police said Agha admitted to allowing Ak to move back into her residence on East High Street while the PFA was still in place. Ak was the family’s only source of income, she said.

She also told police that she had allowed Ak to take the child and walk outside.

Agha’s bail was set at $25,000 unsecured during an arraignment before Night Court District Judge George A. Zozos.

She is also scheduled for a June 17 preliminary hearing before Judy.