CHICOPEE, Mass. – Authorities say a Massachusetts man offered to give his 3-month-old daughter to a maintenance man outside a gas station convenience store in exchange for a pair of beers.
Chicopee police say 24-year-old Matthew Brace of Northampton made the offer to swap the child for two 40 ounce (1 litre) bottles of beer on Monday. The maintenance man called police, who found Brace hiding with the girl behind a trash container.
State child welfare officials took the baby into custody.
Police say Brace was not arrested but will be summoned to court to face a charge of reckless endangerment of a child. A phone number for him could not immediately be found.
The child’s mother was in the store at the time buying cigarettes. She has not been charged.