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Man accused of offering to swap baby for beer

May 18, 2010

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CHICOPEE, Mass.—Chicopee police say a man faces a child endangerment charge after allegedly offering to swap his 3-month-old daughter for a pair of 40-ounce beers.

Police say 24-year-old Matthew Brace of Northampton made the offer to a maintenance man outside a gas station convenience store on Monday. The maintenance man called police, who say they found Brace hiding with the girl behind a trash container.

State child welfare officials took the baby into custody.

Police say Brace was not arrested but will be summoned to court to face a charge of reckless endangerment of a child.

The child's mother was in the store at the time buying cigarettes. She has not been charged.

A phone number for Brace could not immediately be located.

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