A 27-year-old Steelville woman was charged on Wednesday for endangering the welfare of a child and promoting a sexual performance by a child after she admitted to authorities that she allegedly had taken nude photos of her juvenile daughter, posted them on the Internet and allowed men to have sex with her.
According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the woman is being held in the Crawford County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bonds for the two charges.
According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, detectives and investigators with the Missouri Children’s Division of Family Services responded to Steelville Middle School on Tuesday to assist in an investigation involving a student at the school.
Upon arrival, they met with school administrators, who stated that a female student under the age of 14 had been caught at the school with prescription medication. When questioned by detectives, the student stated that the medication had been given to her by her mother to use.
As the investigation continued, it was revealed that the juvenile’s mother had taken nude photos of her daughter and had posted them on the Internet.
Detectives then made arrangements to meet with the mom. During the interview, she admitted she had given the medication to her daughter to help her sleep.
When asked about her taking nude photos of her daughter and posting them on the Internet, the woman admitted she had. When asked how many pictures she had taken, the woman replied, “too many to count,” the information from the sheriff’s office stated.
The mother went on to say that she would take nude pictures of her daughter and send them to men whom she had met online. In exchange, the information stated, the men would send photos back along with money.
The woman also admitted to allowing men to have sexual intercourse with her juvenile daughter inside their Crawford County home for money.
Both charges are Class C felonies. Bond was set at $25,000 each.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office stated that the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges and arrests “will likely be coming” as more information is gathered.
The sheriff’s office released the name of the 27-year-old woman in a press release, but The Missourian opted not to use it to protect the identity of the child.