3 arrested for allegedly trading toddler for car

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From left: Alice Todd, Vicencio Romero, Tina Davis From left: Alice Todd, Vicencio Romero, Tina Davis

A grand jury in North Carolina has indicted three people after police say a woman allegedly gave her 2-year-old child to another couple in exchange for a car. 

The Winston-Salem Journal reports 45-year-old Alice Leann Todd is accused of trading the child to a married couple in exchange for a vehicle in 2018.

Thomasville police began investigating on July 23 when Tina Chavis took the toddler, who has bruises, to a hospital. Staff notified police and child protective services.

Chavis originally told authorities she was the child’s mother, but she later said she adopted the child.

Authorities say that when Chavis couldn’t provide any documentation of the adoption, the child was placed in the care of another family member.

Investigators determined Chavis and her husband, Vincencio Romero, traded a vehicle for the child.

All three are charged with the unlawful sale, surrender or purchase of a minor. They were each jailed on $50,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court on October 21.

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