19/05/2010 08:46 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Man "Tried To Swap His Baby For Crack Cocaine"

A man from Northampton, Massachusetts, tried to exchange his baby for drugs at a petrol station, police have alleged.

Matthew Brace, 24, took his three-month-old daughter in a pushchair to a truck stop in Chicopee on Monday afternoon, the Boston Globe reports.

He approached a man who was repairing an air compressor, said Chicopee Deputy Police Chief William Jebb.

Jebb told the Globe: "Mr. Brace picked up the stroller and put it inside the [man's commercial work] truck along with the baby.

The police chief said the deal was no joke and Brace apparently wanted crack cocaine.

"We brought him in here to talk to him, and he appeared to be on some form of narcotic and acting all out of character," Jebb told the Globe.

Staff at the petrol station called the police, and when they arrived, Brace was allegedly hiding the baby's pushchair behind a bin while his girlfriend tried to walk off with the baby.

Police originally had thought Brace had allegedly attempted to exchange his daughter for two 40-ounce beers, but they now think he was trying to swap her for drugs.

The man was not arrested, but police say he is expected to face charges of reckless endangerment of a child in court.

The child has been taken into the care of the state Department of Children and Families.

It's amazing the lengths some people will go to in order to get their hands on drugs - but giving away their baby? That kid's going to have some issues when she grows up...

If this story is true, should these parents ever get their daughter back?

Source: Boston Globe