I can only shake my head at the below article. Parenting FAIL!
COUPLE PLEADS GUILTY TO SWAPPING CHILDREN FOR EXOTIC BIRD
October 15, 2009
A Louisiana couple admitted giving an exotic bird to a woman in exchange for two children, a US district attorney said Wednesday.
Paul and Brandy Romero, of Eunice, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sale of a minor, Evangeline Parish District Attorney Trent Brignac’s office said in a statement.
Their five-year prison sentences were suspended in exchange for their testimony against the woman accused of handing over the children, Donna Greenwell of Glenmora, the statement said.
The Romeros traded their cockatoo and $175 for the children in February.
Greenwell is not their mother but the children were living with her, apparently with their parents’ knowledge.
Prosecutors say she "instigated" the transfer when she responded to the Romeros’ advertisement for sale of the bird.
Greenwell, who is free on bond, has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of sale of minor children. Her trial is set for November.