Mom Investigated For Trying to Sell Daughter | News
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Beach mother is in custody in Georgia following an investigation she allegedly tried to sell her 6-year-old daughter.
Florida Department of Children and Families spokesman John Harrell said the investigation started in mid-January, with the 6-year-old and her younger sibling who are now together with relatives.
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department said Nicholas was arrested last week in Georgia.
Police in Columbus, Georgia, told First Coast News that Nicholas was questioned last week for loitering at a Columbus doctor's office. When police ran her ID, they found a Florida warrant for child neglect.
Harrell said the little girl was interviewed by a special team who deal with children.
The 6-year-old told detectives the abuse happened at their home and she was, "...sent to her room when men came over....(her mom and the men would) watch scary movies...smoke cigarettes....as well as glass cigarettes."
She also gave a graphic account of three different men who touched her.
Police have arrested 47-year-old John Hagans and 56-year-old Quinn Brooks on charges of sexual battery involving the child.
Police are also looking for a third suspect, 51-year-old Norman James Thompson.
Detectives also noted in their report, the child said "...she had urinated in a plastic cup for her mother on multiple occasions, which may have been used by Nicholas to avoid a positive drug screen."
DCF said the little girl will need long term counseling which is underway right now.