Man accused of trying to swap baby for cocaine

June 3, 2010 3:54:21 AM PDT
A not guilty plea has been entered for a man accused of offering to trade his 3-month-old daughter for crack cocaine. Matthew Brace of Northampton was arraigned Tuesday in Chicopee District Court on a charge of reckless endangerment of a child.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Brace offered to give his daughter to a maintenance man at a gas station last month in exchange for "two 40s" -- slang for crack cocaine, not 40-ounce bottles of beer as was previously reported.

Brace's attorney dismissed the charges as "totally trumped up allegations," saying prosecutors have no proof to support them.

A judge released Brace on $10,000 bail, ordering him to stay away from his daughter and remain drug and alcohol free.

The child is in state custody.