Woman Trades Two Children For a Pet Bird

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  1. Practising Troublemaker

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    A woman sold two young children in her care for a pet cockatoo and 175 US dollars (£122) in cash to a couple desperate to have their own child, US authorities said.

    Donna Greenwell, 53, is charged with aggravated kidnapping, along with would-be adoptive parents Paul Romero, 46, and Brandy Lynn Romero, 27.
    "The Romeros had good intentions from what we see," said Keith Dupre, a detective with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office in New Orleans. "They really wanted to take care of the kids. The kids were well-dressed and seemed to be treated good by the Romero family."

    The transaction for the five-year-old boy and the four-year-old girl was negotiated by phone after Greenwell spotted a flier posted at a livestock barn selling a cockatoo for £1,000 and called the Romeros on February 18, Dupre said.

    Although Paul Romero had three children from a previous marriage, Dupre said, he and Brandy had tried unsuccessfully for years to have a child together.

    When they explained their situation to Greenwell, she allegedly offered to hand over the boy and girl for money. When the Romeros said they couldn't meet the price, Dupre said: "Ms Greenwell agreed to make an even trade: the bird for the kids."

    Greenwell showed up with the children at the Romeros' home the next day and said she would also need 175 US dollars (£122) for a lawyer to complete adoption paperwork, Dupre said. But she had no authority to put the children up for adoption.

    Everything began to unravel last week when authorities received a tip that the Romeros and the children would be at a local fast food restaurant, where authorities approached them. The children are now in state custody.
    Greenwell's relationship to the children was unclear. Dupre said the children's father was being questioned and that authorities were looking for the mother, believed to be somewhere in Texas.

    The Romeros were free on £3,500 bond. Greenwell remained in jail on £70,000 bond, Dupre said. She turned herself in on Sunday.

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  2. oye terence

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    i am not sure that is a very good deal,two kids for a bird?
    maybe one child for a bird,that sounds more reasonable.
     
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    Very true, I would at least want an eagle for two children!

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  4. Sounds like a fair trade to me.
     
  5. Practising Troublemaker

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    You watch, the kids will be flooged on eBay soon.

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  6. troubleluvsme

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    I know someone who sold his mother on eBay.


    Fact.
     
  7. I must learn this practice.:lbf:
     
  8. oye terence

    oye terence ampersand after ampersand

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    hmm,perhaps three children for a Condor.

    This tale sounds familiar to me...

    I know this gentleman,don't I ?
     
  9. troubleluvsme

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    Yes. But does anyone really know him?
    He's a man of mysterious ways.
     
  10. Dow Jones

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    She got gypped, should have gotten some Pokemon cards AND the bird.
     
  11. Arsenal

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    At least.

    She could have sold them to some sheik in Dubai for much, much more money. This woman obviously does not have a keen sense for business.
     
  12. Buzzetta

    Buzzetta WOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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    You should see what I have planned for her for turning 60 this coming July.
     
  13. Superhans

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    I fancy a couple of children, as long as they are sexy. I would have given my PS3 for them an' all.
     
  14. Lemon

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    :lbf::p



    Reminds me of when I sold my mate's soul on Trademe (NZ equivalent of Ebay).
     
  15. Oh my god. it's Robby!

    Oh my god. it's Robby! spontaneously luminescent

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    whats gonna happen to the poor birdie now? :o
     
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