Alice Leann Todd was taken into police custody after attempting to exchange her baby to a couple for a 1992 Plymouth Laser Car.
The 45-year-old mother has been arrested and charged with the surrender, unlawful sale, or purchase of a minor.
Two additional people who had been taking care of the baby, Vicenio Mendoza Romero, age 53, and Tina Marie Chavis, age 47, face the same criminal charges.
The incident happened in 2018 in North Carolina.
Officers became aware of the situation after the baby girl was brought into a hospital with bruises, following the incident.
Medical staff alerted police who then questioned Tina Marie Chavis. Chavis made the claims that she’s the child’s biological mother, then changed her story to adoptive mother, but was unable to provide any verifiable documentation.
Police officers then discovered that the child had been swapped in exchange for the car.
The young child is now at the age of two.
The three suspects are scheduled to make a court appearance later in October this month. All three are in jail and being held on a $50,000 bond each.
The now two-year-old girl has been placed into the care of another family member.
According to an advertisement for the car, it read: “The Laser gains all-wheel drive as an option that greatly improves handling. Front and rear styling changes include headlights, tail lamps, and a new rear spoiler on turbo models.”
The vehicle sells online for amounts between $6,400 and $13,500.