Mother Accused of Trading Toddler for a Car

Alice Leann Todd, 45, was charged with the unlawful sale, surrender, or purchase of a minor after investigators found she gave up her 1-year-old to a couple in exchange for their 1992 Plymouth Laser in 2018, Capt. Brad Saintsing with the Thomasville Police Department said Thursday. Tina Marie Chavis, 47, and Vicenio Mendoza Romero, 53, who were caring for the child face the same charges.

Police said they opened an investigation when Chavis brought the then-2-year-old child to a hospital in July because she thought the child was suffering from an allergic reaction. Staff at the hospital noticed the toddler had bruises and contacted child protective services and police.

When questioned, Chavis originally claimed to be the child’s biological mother, later saying she was the child’s adoptive mother, police said. But she couldn’t produce any documentation.

Tina Chavis, Alice Leann Todd and Vicencio Romero

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