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Men Accused Of Trying To Buy Toddler For $100 Say It Was A Misunderstanding
It turns out that the two men who were accused of trying to buy a woman's toddler for $100 at a Covina grocery store last week were just trying to do a good deed, not get involved in child trafficking.
The two men, who are business partners, went to police to explain their situation after authorities released surveillance images of the two in an effort to find them, according to NBC Los Angeles. They told police that they were at the Baja Ranch Market last Wednesday because they were buying things to celebrate how well their business had done that year. When one of the men saw the woman's son, he repeatedly complimented her toddler because he thought her son looked similar to his. And as an act of kindness, he tried to offer her $100, which led to the misunderstanding that the woman thought he tried to buy her son.
When she left the store and was in the parking lot, the two men pulled up in their car next to her and continued to offer her money before throwing the cash into her shopping cart and leaving. Covina Police Sgt. Gregg Peterson told NBC Los Angeles that the men said to her, "This is for your son."
After police told the woman what had really happened, she said she was relieved, and could see how she misunderstood the situation.
"We all feel relieved," Peterson said. "This is the best possible ending because we don’t have anybody out there trying to purchase kids in our city."
As for the $100? Well, the men still want the woman to have it if she wants to take it. It's just sitting as police evidence right now.