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47-Year-Old "Baby" Speaks

Man says he was provoked



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    A 47-year-old man is trying to explain what led to his arrest while he was trick-or-treating on Halloween in a diaper.

    Joseph David DiVanna, of Sarasota, Fla., said he was wearing a full baby costume complete with bib, bonnet, t-shirt and diaper when he was arrested Halloween night for disorderly conduct in an Ocean City neighborhood.

    Residents of the Fox Chapel neighborhood in West Ocean City accused him of being drunk and cursing at adults and children while trying to trick-or-treat, according to police.

    But DiVanna said he wasn’t drunk and that teenagers who were pelting him with candy provoked his profanity-laced tirade.

    "I turned around and I go, 'Guys, I don't care if you follow me around, it's Halloween, but you guys gotta stop throwing candy at me, this is ridiculous,' " DiVanna told the Delmarvanow.com. "The kids were the ones who were disorderly. I was running away from it all."

    DiVanna believes neighbors reported him to police because they were upset with his costume and him trying to trick-or-treat.