Mother charged with trading her one-year-old BABY for a SECONDHAND car

File image of a 1992 Plymouth Laser hatchback. Right, Alice Leann Todd. Credit: Edmunds/Thomasville Police Dept

North Carolina mum Alice Leann Todd, 45, has been charged with the unlawful sale, surrender, or purchase of a minor, after she allegedly traded her one-year-old baby for a secondhand car. 

The child’s carers, Tina Marie Chavis, 47, and Vicenio Mendoza Romero, 53, faced the same charges, according to NBC

The alleged ‘swap’ was uncovered when Chavis took the then two-year-old child to hospital to treat an allergic reaction. 

Hospital staff contacted child protective services and police after noticing bruises on the toddler. A police investigation was then launched. 

Tina Chavis, Vicencio Romero and Alice Leann Todd. Credit: Thomasville Police Dept.
Tina Chavis, Vicencio Romero and Alice Leann Todd. (Credit: Thomasville Police Department)

Initially, Chavis claimed to be the toddler’s biological mother, later changing her story to say she was the child’s adoptive mother, according to police.

However, she didn’t have any paperwork to back up her claims. 

Eventually, it was discovered that the child had allegedly been traded for Chavis and Romero’s 1992 Plymouth Laser the year before. 

The child is in the care of a family member.

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