A 24-year-old Indiana woman allegedly sold her toddler to man for use in child pornography, according to federal charges.
The indictment against Natisha Hillard, of Gary, said she sold her 18-month-old daughter for the production of child pornography and permitted her to participate in the smut, according to NWITimes.com.
Authorities have also charged her business partner, Christopher Bour, 39, with buying a child to produce child pornography, producing child pornography and possessing child pornography featuring a minor younger than 12.
Investigators were tipped off to the apparent dirty deal last month by the former owner of a massage parlor frequented by Bour. She told police the suspect asked her to record him having sex with a child and had played child-porn videos when she went to his house on a private call in November, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
After the woman notified authorities, an FBI agent assumed her identity and continued texting Bour.
He allegedly explained via text message that the mother would not be present, and that the arrangement began when the child was 4 months old, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The exact amount of money Hillard allegedly received from Bour has not been reported.
Bour was arrested last month and when the FBI search his home, he admitted downloading child pornography for "role-playing," but said he hadn't sexually touched a child, according to WBBM-TV.