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Mom accused of using Craigslist to find 540-mile ride for 9-year-old

MARIETTA, Ga. – A suburban Atlanta woman was jailed after being accused of arranging for her son to travel with a stranger she found on Craigslist.

Cobb County police spokesman Dana Pierce said it happened after a Gainesville, Georgia, man posted an advertisement offering to split the cost of driving to the Sarasota, Florida area.

Pierce said Shelia Sherrie Joyner of Marietta responded, saying she wanted to send her son to visit his grandmother on the 540-mile trip. The would-be driver called authorities when he learned the boy is 9 years old.

Joyner was arrested after a baby sitter arrived with the boy at the drop-off point on Friday. She was being held in the Cobb County Jail on charges of contributing to the deprivation of a minor. Jail records don’t show whether she has an attorney.

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