Parents accused of attempting to sell children for drugs


A pair of California parents were arrested after attempting to sell their two sons for money or drugs.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a report of possible child abuse in a residential area of the Mojave Desert city of Lancaster on Thursday afternoon. The officers then took into custody Vincent Calogero, 38, and Sarah Nilson.

It is not clear what circumstances led to the call to authorities, but a news release issued by the sheriff’s department noted that Lancaster Station detectives “would like to commend the residents of Lancaster who intervened in response to the danger the children were in and contacted law enforcement.”

Following their arrest, Calogero and Nilson were transported to the Lancaster Station where they were booked on charges of felony child endangerment, child neglect, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Calogero and Nilson are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to the sheriff’s department.

The couple’s sibling sons, both of whom are minors, were placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Investigators are seeking witnesses to the alleged child abuse, including anyone who was approached by the suspects in their attempts to obtain money or drugs in exchange for their sons.

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