A despicable pair of California parents were arrested last week after police, who were phoned by a Good Samaritan alerting authorities to possible child abuse, caught them trying to trade their two sons for cash or drugs.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lancaster Station revealed in a news release that 38-year-old Vincent Calogero and 32-year-old Sarah Nilson were intercepted on December 14 as they tried to “give and/or sell their children in exchange for money or drugs.”
Calogero and Nilson were promptly arrested and charged with felony child endangerment, child neglect, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. They remain in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The department also gave a hat-tip to “the residents of Lancaster who intervened in response to the danger the children were in and contacted law enforcement. We remind the public if you see something suspicious, say something!”
Both children were placed into the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, KTLA reported. Police are asking witnesses to come forward if they were approached by Calogero and/or Nilson “in order to give away their children, and/or sell their children in exchange for drugs or money.”
Our Detectives are seeking witnesses regarding a child endangerment. The suspects were attempting to sell and/or give away their kids for drugs/money. Anyone who was approached by the suspects is asked to call Det. Gore (661)948-8466.https://t.co/pNbgJhkoyK#LASD #AV411 pic.twitter.com/0Ofcma0j7R
— LASD Lancaster Stn. (@LANLASD) December 18, 2017
Officials did not provide the ages of the boys.
Last year, the parents of a 40-day-old girl lost custody of the infant after they allegedly tried to sell her on eBay for about $5,500. Police in the western German City of Duisburg raided the apartment from where the internet posting was made and apprehended the parents, described only as “refugees,” for further questioning related to potential human trafficking.