A couple from California were arrested after they tried to sell their children for money and drugs, police said Monday, Dec. 18.
Last Thursday deputies responded to a possible child abuse call from a home located at the 100 block of Avenue J-8 in the city of Lancaster.
It’s unclear what exactly led the residents to call authorities.
When police arrived at the scene they arrested parents Vincente Calogero, 38 (a white male) and Sarah Nilson, 32 (a white female) at about 4 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.
Calogero and Nilson were attempting to give and/or sell their two sons. The suspects were transported to Lancaster station where they are currently booked for felony child endangerment, child neglect, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
They are being held on a $100,000 bail.
The department praised the residents who alerted them to the incident.
“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. We remind the public if you see something suspicious, say something!” police said.
The two sons—both minors—were not identified and are safely in the custody of Department of Children and Family Services personnel. The ages of the minors had not been released by police as of writing.
The department is asking for any additional witnesses to the incident to come forward in the child endangerment and neglect investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case who may have seen the suspects abusing the children or had the suspects approach them in order to give away their children, and/or sell their children in exchange for drugs or money, are encouraged to contact Lancaster Station at (661) 948-8466 or Detective Gore at (661) 940-3855.
Comments on the department’s Facebook page called the parent’s behavior sick.
“Are you freaking kidding me? These people are sickening. I can’t believe parents would do such a horrible thing. Just heart breaking,” one person commented.