Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Woman Sold Kids for Bird, $175

A 52-year-old Pitkin, La. woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a minor in connection with allegations she traded two children to a couple in exchange for a cockatoo and $175.

Donna Louise Greenwell was sentenced Monday to 15 months of hard labor on each count, which will run concurrently. She'll begin her sentence next month.

Greenwell was accused of selling the couple a 4-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy.

Both children were under her care after the children's biological parents had left them with her.

The couple, Paul James Romero and Brandy Lynn Romero, each pleaded guilty to the same charges in October.

Investigators said she called Paul J. Romero, 46, and Brandy Lynn Romero, 27, early last year after seeing a flyer they posted offering a cockatoo for sale, and offered to deliver the children for about $2,000. When the Romeros said they could not afford that, a deal was stuck for the bird, valued at $1,500, plus cash.

"It was a really clumsy attempt at an adoption proceeding. She was trying to help the children and get them situated," Donna's lawyer said.


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