September 28, 2009
Suntree, Florida (The Weekly Vice) - Marcy Pappalardo, a 37-year-old Florida woman was arrested Friday on accusations of attempting to sell her 6-year-old son for gas money.
According to Melbourne Police, officers responded to a 9-1-1 call from a tow truck driver who told them a woman had just attempted to sell him her son in exchange for money to buy gas.
Investigators say the alleged offer came at a gas station near U.S. 1 and Lake Washington road at about 3 p.m. Friday.
The tow truck driver then reportedly followed Pappalardo who was driving a white sedan with her son and another female passenger. The driver called police from a cell phone while continuing to follow the woman.
Police stopped Pappalardo in Suntree, questioned her and then took her into custody as her son sat on the trunk of the car crying.
"You know, I have mixed feelings," said Roy Baijnath, the tow truck driver. "To see the kid crying like that on TV was tough. I caused that upon him and I have a kid of my own. But had it been the other way, where would the child be?"
Mallory Acher, who was the female passenger in the car, told police the tow truck driver requested sex from Pappalardo in exchange for gas money.
"When she refused, he made up this story for police," said Acher.
The child has been released into the custody of his father.
Pappalardo was booked into the Brevard County Jail on charges of neglect/cruelty toward a child, drug possession without a prescription and retail theft of over $300.
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