A North Carolina mother sold her baby for a car.
Alice Leann Todd, 45-year-old, was charged with the illegal sale, surrender, or purchase of a minor after investigators found she gave up her 1-year-old to a couple in exchange for their 1992 Plymouth Laser in 2018, Capt. Brad Saintsing with the Thomasville Police Department mentioned.
Tina Marie Chavis, 47year old, and Vicenio Mendoza Romero, 53-year-old, who had been caring for the child, face the same charges.
Police stated they opened an investigation when Chavis brought the then-2-year-old baby to a hospital in July as a result of she assumed the child was suffering from an allergic reaction. Staff at the hospital noticed the toddler had bruises and contacted child protective services and police.
Chavis, in the beginning, claimed to be the child’s biological mother, later saying she was the child’s adoptive mother when police questioned her, police stated. However, she could not produce any documentation.
Investigators finally found the child had been swapped for the car the year before.
Todd, Chavis, and Romero are all being held on $50,000 bonds on the Davidson County Jail, about 60 miles north of Charlotte. They’re due in court on Oct. 21.
Saintsing stated police are still investigating and more charges might be brought in the case. The child is in the care of a family member.