Man tries to trade baby for beer

June 16th, 2010 by

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A father was allegedly caught trying to trade his infant baby for beer at a Chicopee gas station on Monday.

The incident occured at the Pride Station on Burnett Road in Chicopee around 1 o’clock Monday afternoon.

Chicopee Police Sgt. Christopher Lareau told 22News that 24 year-old Matthew Brace of Northampton allegedly offered his three month-old daughter to a maintenance man working outside in exchange for two 40-ounce beers.

The infant’s mother, 31-year-old Wendy Arsenault, was inside the Pride store at the time.

Brace allegedly put the baby and a stroller in the worker’s truck and said: “For two 40s, you can have her.” The worker then called police. Click here to watch the Police Chief’s news conference about the incident.

Officers later found the couple at the nearby Econo Lodge, where the had been living on public assistance. When officers arrived, they allegedly found Brace trying to hide the stroller behind a dumpster.

Chicopee Police Chief John Ferraro Jr. told 22News he is unsure if Brace was trying to exchange the baby for beers or for crack cocaine.

Brace was not arrested, but he was summonsed to court on charges of reckless endangerment of a child. Sgt. Lareau said Arsenault was not involved in the crime.

22News spoke with Arsenault over the phone Tuesday morning. She said she had no idea what was going on because she was inside the store and that she would never put her baby in harm’s way.

The infant girl is now in the state’s custody.

Brace was scheduled to be arraigned in Chicopee District Court on Tuesday, but his court appearance has been postponed because he is in the hospital. Police refused to comment on why Brace was hospitalized.

One Response

  1. M

    f’ing idiot

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