Dad Tries to Trade Baby for Beer - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Dad Tries to Trade Baby for Beer

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. They live at the EconoLodge next to the gas station as part of the state  sponsored motel program.

Police say the baby is in good condition.

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