Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Man tries to trade infant for beer, or crack cocaine, at gas station mini-mart Read more:

BY Lauren Johnston

Tuesday, May 18th 2010, 2:07 PM

"Here's who won't be winning a "Father of the Year" award in 2010: the Massachusetts man who tried to trade his 3-month-old daughter for beer or crack at a gas station.

Matthew Brace, 24, of Northampton reportedly tried to hand over his infant in exchange for "two 40s," a slang expression that can refer to 40-ounce bottles of beer or crack cocaine.

Chicopee police officers said they were not certain which substance Brace was seeking, according to a report in The Republican.

Police Chief John Ferraro Jr., who called the stunt, "a new low," told the newspaper that when a convenience mart clerk asked Brace and his girlfriend the baby's age, the derelict dad replied, "For two 40s you can have her."

State child welfare services later took the baby into custody.

Brace was not arrested but will be summoned to court to face charges of reckless endangerment of a child, police said."

So glad someone is finally putting Massachusetts on the map.