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Lawyer rebuts child-swap charge

March 07, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A lawyer representing a Louisiana woman accused of swapping two children for an exotic bird and $175 in cash says the charge is false.

Attorney Timmy Fontenot says Donna Greenwell did not try to sell the 5-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl but was trying to find them a good home after their mother placed them in her care about a year ago.

Greenwell, a trucker from the small town of Pitkin, is jailed on $100,000 bond. The children are in state custody.

Charges against Greenwell and the couple who allegedly bought the children have been reduced from aggravated kidnapping to "sale of minor children."

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