CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — A man accused of trying to sell his infant daughter for two 40-ounce bottles of beer or possibly drugs will be facing a judge June 1 when he is expected to be arraigned for a charge of reckless endangerment of a child.
Matthew BraceAccording to Hampden County District Attorney William Bennett’s office, Matthew Brace, 24, appeared before Chicopee District Court Assistant Clerk Edward Valego Friday for a show cause hearing, which resulted in a criminal complaint being issued against him for the endangerment charge. They said Brace had been issued a summons to appear back in court June 1 for his arraignment.
Brace, who had a last known address in Northampton, but was thought to be living at a Chicopee Econo Lodge, located at 357 Burnett Road, allegedly attempted to put his daughter and her stroller in the truck of a service technician working at a nearby Pride gas station Monday in an effort to trade her for two 40-ounce bottles of beer, according to police. Police have since said they were investigating whether or not Brace was allegedly seeking alcohol or crack cocaine.
Police located Brace near a dumpster at the Econo Lodge after the technician alerted police to the alleged attempted transaction. The child’s mother had been in the gas station during the alleged incident, according to police.
The issue of homeless families being temporarily placed in hotels drew greater attention from local and state politicians in the wake of Monday’s incident.