A mother in North Carolina has been indicted after allegedly trading her 1-year-old baby girl for a used car.
The shocking exchange took place when Alice Leann Todd allegedly received a 1992 Plymouth Laser Hatchback from married couple Tina Marie Chavis and Vincenio Mendoza, in exchange for her child.
According to the Thomasville police department, the married couple was also indicted in this horrifying exchange. They have been charged with the unlawful sale, surrender or purchase of a minor.
The investigation began when Tina took the young child to the hospital in connection with a possible allergic reaction. Medical professionals reported bruising on the toddler’s body and child protective services and the police were notified.
Things quickly became suspicious when Tina, who initially claimed to be the child’s mother, backtracked on her story and told authorities that she had adopted the little one. However, she was unable to provide any documentation or further proof and the child was placed with a relative.
Alice Leann Todd, Tina Marie Chavis, and Vincenio Mendoza: Three Charged for Trading Baby for Used Car
Authorities soon discovered that the child actually belonged to Alice and had allegedly been traded in exchange for a vehicle.
The three individuals received a $50,000 bond and are currently being held in jail. They will go to court on October 21.
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.
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