Man Accused of Trying to Trade Baby for Beer

May 18, 2010 - 10:41 AM
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 40-ounce beers.
Chicopee, Mass. (AP) - 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 40-ounce beers.
 
Chicopee police say 24-year-old Matthew Brace of Northampton made the offer 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.