Authorities in Rhode Island say a woman was arraigned this week after her arrest on suspicion of operating a house of prostitution while subjecting a toddler to an unsafe living environment.
According to WJAR, 36-year-old Tina Tucker of Johnston is facing criminal counts including procurement of sexual conduct for a fee, first-degree child abuse, and child neglect.
Her arrest stemmed from an investigation including allegations that she offered sex for money in online advertisements and on two occasions in conversations with undercover law enforcement officers.
It was an undercover operation on Monday night that resulted in the suspect’s arrest at her residence.
As WPRI reported, a sign was placed on the basement door of the home later in the week, which informed visitors that “Tina no longer lives here.”
Police reports indicate detectives also found a 3-year-old boy identified as Tucker’s son. An examination allegedly revealed the presence of cocaine in the child’s system, which officials say was ingested less that two days earlier.
Following her arrest, Tucker was placed behind bars with bail set at $25,000 and the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families took custody of the toddler.
Dr. Amy Goldberg of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital wrote that the boy had been a no-show to previous medical appointments, adding that his “environment is unsafe and places him at significant risk.”
Medical staff at another area hospital indicated in a statement to police that the child had swallowed the illicit drug that appeared in his system.
[Featured image: Tina Tucker, Johnston Police Department]