Attorney sets the record straight for his client, Greenwell

The attorney for a woman charged with kidnapping two children, then selling them for a bird and $175, says there is no truth to the charges and his client is no monster.

Timmy J. Fontenot of Mamou explained he and his client, Donna Greenwell of Pitkin, are “saddened” by the actions of investigators and some media regarding the case. His statement follows:

“The biological mother of these children, Jennifer Brown, brought these children to Donna in late 2007 or early 2008, because she was unable to take care of them herself.”

“Immediately upon taking physical custody of these children, Donna sought out medical treatment for the children and began caring for these children.

“In August of 2008, the biological mother, Jennifer Brown, signed a custody agreement, giving custody of these children to Donna so Donna could enroll them in school. Any competent investigation would have clearly shown these facts.

“As to the allegation of the sale of children, that is also completely false. Donna was simply trying to find a good home for children abandoned to her care, and the facts will substantiate this,” Fontenot said in a prepared statement.

“A Eunice-area couple was also charged with kidnapping for allegedly buying the boy and girl in question.

“Fontenot said a television report that police said Greenwell is a prior sex offender ‘is completely false.’

“Jennifer Potter of the Glenmora Police Department went so far as to say ‘there could be more out there,’ again leading the public to believe my client is a monster.

“It is a shame that they felt the need to try this case in the media before compiling all of the facts. We are confident when a proper investigation is completed, and then brought to a courtroom, Donna will be exonerated.

“Potter is the officer who brought her suspicions regarding Greenwell to the attention of Eunice police, who in turn contacted the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department.”

Editor’s Note: Greenwell’s arrest record, held by authorities, features the words “sex offender” and “violent” across the front. The list of charges include simple kidnapping, theft and other charges. This is part of the information the media was given during the investigation. That is why authorities were making ensuring the children were not harmed in any way. Authorities continue to investigate this case.

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