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article imageTrio Swap Kids For A Cockatoo

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 27, 2009 in Crime
How much is that beautiful little cockatoo worth to you? I've known some bird lovers in my time and wonder, would they swap two kids and 175 bucks for a bird?
Three adults have been charged in a case where a 4-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy were used, along with $175 for legal fees to complete the adoption process, as payment for a cockatoo.
Brandy Lynn Romero, aged 27, and her 46-year-old husband, Paul, were charged with one count each of aggravated kidnapping. 51-year-old Donna Louise Greenwell is being held on a charge of kidnapping.
The children had been living with Donna Louise for about a year. Greenwell is not their biological mother. Greenwell is reported to be a long-haul trucker who delivers cattle state to state. She also has what is being described as an "extensive" criminal history, and is a convicted pedophile.
Greenwell saw the Romero's notice posted at a livestock barn advertising that they wanted to sell a cockatoo. When she contacted them and found out how much they wanted, she told them that she was not able to come up with that kind of cash. After a bit a chit chat, Greenwell found out that the couple were childless and had been trying for years to have children so she offered them an exchange: her kids for the bird.
The Romero's got caught when an anonymous tipster called police after seeing the Romero's with the two children, talked to them for a bit and became suspicious of their story.
Eunice Police Chief Gary Fontenot said that the kids have been swapped from family to family for a number of years and added:
We are only going with what the kids have told us. It's a mess.
Now, you might be asking: where is the kid's bio mom in all this? Well, authorities say that she is a fugitive from the law. Police are actively seeking out the whereabouts of the children's father and also are looking for another child, described as a half-sibling to the two youngster, a 17-month-old who is said to be living with yet another family somewhere in Louisiana.
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