http://www.clickorlando.com/news/21118350/detail.html#A 37-year-old woman was arrested Friday afternoon after a tow truck driver told officers that she had offered to sell her child in exchange for gas money, Melbourne police said.
Marcy Pappalardo faces a charge of child neglect in connection with the incident. Police are continuing their investigation and additional charges may be added.
Sgt. Michael Casey of the Melbourne Police Department said they received a 911 call at about 3 p.m. from a tow truck driver who said a woman had tried to sell him her 6-year-old boy in exchange for gas money at a gas station.
The driver refused the offer and then followed the mother, who was in a white sedan with her child and another woman as he called authorities, according to police.
Her 6-year-old boy sat on the trunk of the car and cried as his mother was led away.
Mallory Acker, a friend who was in the car with Pappalardo, told police the tow truck driver requested sex with the mother in exchange for gas money.
“When she refused, he made up this story for police,” Acker said.
Melbourne police said they were in the process of contacting the child’s father.
http://www.wftv.com/goinggreen/21118863/detail.htmlThe woman was accused of offering to sell her child for $10 at an intersection several miles down US-1, but she was followed and stopped by police.
Officers questioned the woman and her friend before deciding to arrest her on child neglect charges.
Even as she was being cuffed and put in the back of a patrol car Marcy Pappalardo denied trying to sell her son for gas money.
"Call 'em and tell him I'm going to jail," Pappalardo said. "He's a liar."
A tow truck driver said she pulled up next to him at a red light and made a proposition he couldn't believe.
"She asked me if I wanted to give her some gas money for the kid in the back, that's exactly what she said."
She said he was lying.
"I have a thousand dollar TV flat screen. If I needed the money I'd brought it to the pawn shop," Pappalardo said.
The passenger in the car with Pappalardo admitted she was just released from jail Thursday after being arrested on drug charges.
She said they did ask him for money, but that was it.
She does not look like that much of a hot piece of ass that a tow truck driver would make up such a lie... but you never can tell about some people.
I believe the tow truck driver. Video at second link shows her hollering about the liar while her son cries. I would be more worried about my kid.