A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Day Care February 26, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Bizarre.
Tags: bartering, children, cockatoo, donna louise greenwell, parental fail, trading
You know what it’s like – you’re trying to concentrate on something important, but the kids are going nuts. “Mummy,I want a pony!” “Mummy, where do babies come from?” “Mummy, why is Daddy crying in the bath?” Sometimes, you just want to get rid of them…
Donna Louise Greenwell certainly did. And she succeeded – by trading two young children in her care, in return for some cash and a cockatoo.
Greenwell, 53, was sentenced on Monday to 15 months of hard labour on two counts of ‘sale of a minor’.
According to authorities, Greenwell called the buyers – Paul J. Romero, 46, and Brandy Lynn Romero, 27 – early last year after seeing a flyer they posted offering a cockatoo for sale, and offered to deliver the children for about $2,000 (£1,300). When the Romeros said they could not afford that, a deal was stuck for the bird, valued at $1,500 (about £975), plus cash.
The two children, a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, had been in Greenwell’s custody for over a year when she sold them. The children had been ‘abandoned to her care,’ according to a lawyer for Greenwell, and neither the children’s’ mother or father could be found.
BWT may jest, but it’s actually quite a tragic story for these two poor kids. We hope they find someone who can give them the love they deserve very soon.