U.S. woman pleads guilty to sell­ing kids

Cape Breton Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to sell­ing two chil­dren for a cock­a­too and $175 in what her at­tor­ney called an at­tempt to do a good thing that went wrong.

“It was a re­ally clumsy at­tempt at an adop­tion pro­ceed­ing,” said Steve Si­kich, at­tor­ney for Donna Louise Green­well of Pitkin. “She was try­ing to help the chil­dren and get them sit­u­ated.”

Green­well, 53, was sen­tenced Mon­day to 15 months of hard labour on each of two crim­i­nal counts: sale of a mi­nor. The sen­tences are to run con­cur­rently.

The case cen­tred on a five-yearold boy and a four-year-old girl in Green­well’s cus­tody.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said she called Paul J. Romero, 46, and Brandy Lynn Romero, 27, of Evan­ge­line Parish 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.

Green­well had cus­tody of the chil­dren for more than a year be­fore meet­ing the Romeros, Si­kich said. Her lawyers have main­tained she was just try­ing to find a bet­ter home for them.

The Romeros pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sale of a mi­nor child, the district at­tor­ney said in an ear­lier state­ment. Their five-year prison sen­tences were sus­pended.

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