Missouri Woman Accused Of Using Disabled Daughter For Drugs

Missouri mom charged with sex trafficking disabled daughter for drugs

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Renee M. Collins, 49, of Columbia, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree trafficking of a child under 18 and first-degree child endangerment, the newspaper reported. According to court documents, William A. Thomas Jr., 44, of Rocheport, listed as Collins’ boyfriend, was charged with first-degree rape of the victim. The girl has cerebral palsy and autism, is partially deaf, uses corrective leg braces and has the mental capacity of a 2- to 3-year-old child, according to court documents.

Collins and Thomas are in custody at the Boone County Jail, the Tribune reported. Bond has been set at $200,000 for each of them, according to court documents.

According to the Tribune, the charges stem from investigations by the Columbia Police Department and the FBI on July 7, 2017, into human trafficking at a Columbia motel.

The victim told authorities she had been raped in exchange for cocaine provided to her mother, the Tribune reported. She added that her mother was present at the hotel while she was being raped, according to court documents. 

The victim has since been placed in protective custody, the Tribune reported.

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