[StBernard] A bunch of bird brains

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Thu Feb 26 19:19:58 EST 2009

All of the state's idiots don't live in New Orleans or work in Baton Rouge.

Cops: Trio Swapped Kids For Bird
Kidnapping charges filed in birdbrained Louisiana exchange

FEBRUARY 26--A trio of Louisiana nitwits agreed to swap two young children
for a $1500 cockatoo and $175, police charge. The deranged exchange was
hatched after Donna Greenwell, a 51-year-old trucker, learned that the bird
was being offered for sale by Brandy Romero, 27, and Paul Romero, 46.
According to Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office investigators, Brandy Romero
told cops that Greenwell contacted her and said that while she could not
afford the cockatoo's price tag, she did have children to trade (in a bid to
sell the bird, the Romeros posted a flyer at a barn, where Greenwell spotted
the notice, which included a photo of the cockatoo). Investigators have
determined that Greenwell is not the mother of the children, a four-year-old
girl and a five-year-old boy. It appears as if the children, whose mother is
a criminal fugitive, have resided with various families over the past
several years, and have spent the past year in the custody of Greenwell, a
convicted pedophile with a lengthy rap sheet. Greenwell and the Romeros,
pictured below in photos released by the Evangeline sheriff, have each been
charged with aggravated kidnapping. The children swapped for the bird are
now living with a temporary foster family, according to investigator Keith
Dupre, who added that the cockatoo was recovered from Greenwell's home,
where two other birds resided. When confronted by deputies, Greenwell denied
trading the children for the bird, which she claimed was simply given to her
by the Romeros. (1 page)


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