A Northampton man is facing a child endangerment charge after allegedly attempting to exchange his baby for drugs at a Chicopee truck stop Monday afternoon, Chicopee Police said this morning.
Police responded about 1 p.m. to the incident at the Pride gas station and convenience store on Burnett Road.
Matthew Brace, 24, of Northampton was pushing his 3-month-old daughter in a stroller when he approached a man who was repairing an air compressor, said Chicopee Deputy Police Chief William Jebb.
“Mr. Brace picked up the stroller and put it inside the [man’s commercial work] truck along with the baby,” Jebb said.
The deal was no joke, Jebb said. Brace apparently wanted crack cocaine.
“We brought him in here to talk to him, and he appeared to be on some form of narcotic and acting all out of character,” he said.
The repairman went inside the gas station and asked a manager to call the police, Jebb said.
When police arrived, Brace was allegedly hiding the stroller behind a dumpster while his girlfriend, who was inside the store during the incident, walked away with the baby.
Police originally had said Brace had allegedly attempted to exchange the baby for two 40-ounce beers, but Jebb said further investigation revealed otherwise.
Brace was not arrested, but he is expected to face charges of reckless endangerment of a child in court, Jebb said.
The child is in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.
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