Woman gets 15 months in children-bird exchange

VILLE PLATTE -- A woman who sold two children for a small amount of cash and an exotic bird will serve 15 months after pleading guilty.

Donna Louise Greenwell, 52, of Pitkin, pleaded Monday in Ville Platte to two counts of sale of a minor.

The Eunice-area couple who purchased the brother and sister pleaded guilty last fall, getting suspended five-year sentences in exchange for agreeing to testify against Greenwell.

Paul and Brandy Romero also received three years’ probation and a suspended fine.

Greenwell’s plea was a result of negotiations between the District Attorney’s Office and her counsel.

She will begin serving the sentence on March 25 under terms of the agreement.

According to investigators, Greenwell had charge of the 5-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl after their biological parents turned them over to her.

She sold the children without their parents’ knowledge, police have said.

In their plea, the Romeros said Greenwell received a cockatoo valued at $1,500 and $175 cash in exchange for the children.

They initially met Greenwell after responding to a flier she distributed offering the bird for sale.

They said they thought the money would be used by Greenwell to transfer custody to them.

The children were initially turned over to the state. The fate of the bird is unknown.

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