Children Sold in Evangeline Parish

Friday, February 27, 2009 - 1:14pm

All Paul and Brandy Romero every wanted were children of their own.

"I can't have children…I would do anything for children."

But little did they know that wanting something that badly could lead to a lapse in judgment.

Paul and Brandy were arrested for aggravated kidnapping, after they allegedly bought two children, from Donna Greenwell of Pitkin.

Captain Keith Dupre, with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's office says Greenwell contacted the Romero's after she saw they were selling a cockatoo.

From there, the couple gave Greenwell the cockatoo and 175 dollars for four-year-old girl and five-year-old.

Captain Dupre says, "The 175 dollars was going to be for the paperwork for the attorney to do the legal adoption."

But that didn't happen.

Two days later Paul and Brandy were arrested at the McDonald’s in Eunice.

They say since the arrested they’ve been the target of ridicule.

People want to hang us and kill us and do different things."

“For doing a good deed and trying to get kids out of a home where someone doesn't want them."

Captain Dupre says the couple told him they'd gotten the children from Donna Greenwell.

From there Captain Dupre says they went to Pitkin to talk to Greenwell.

"She was in Texas at the time. She said she would be in to speak to us on the following day."

After speaking with Greenwell deputies arrested her for aggravated kidnapping.

She remains behind bars with a bond set at 100-thousand dollars.

Greenwell was the children's guardian for about a year.

As for the Romero's they're still facing kidnapping charges.