Can you fathom a mother prostituting her own 6-year-old daughter for supporting herself and her drug habit? Those are exactly the charges why a mother from Florida, Dalina Nicholas has been jailed in Georgia.
Police in Columbus, Ga., arrested 39-year-old Dalina of Jacksonville Beach, Florida on March 1. They had a warrant for her accusing her of child neglect. She was locked in Muscogee County Jail.
Quinn Brooks, 56, and John Hagans, 47, are behind bars too in Jacksonville Beach in connection with the same case. The two men are accused of paying for sexual favors with the child. A third man, 51-year-old Norman Thompson is also being sought by the police.
According to a report by the Jacksonville Beach police, the investigation into the case on January 7, when a homeless man flagged down a patrolling police cruiser. The man said that he knew of a young girl, later discovered to be Nicholas’ daughter, who was being sexually abused by several men. The homeless man told the police that the abuse had been going on since about two years and said that he had witnessed Nicholas use drugs. He even told the police that he was once present when Nicholas allegedly accepted $20 from a man and told her daughter to get naked and lay on a living room mattress so the man could have oral sex with her. The homeless witness said that the young girl had confided in him that she was being sexually abused and had asked him to “help her make it stop.”
Nicholas was then confronted by the investigators at her Jacksonville Beach apartment. But she completely denied that her daughter was being sexually abused. Nicholas told the police that she had been abused as a child herself and would “know if her daughter was going through the same thing.”
The 6-year-old girl however, told the police detailed accounts of sexual abuse that she had been suffering in her home by various adult males.
Brooks, Hagans and Thompson were identified as abusers of the girl, police said. Brooks and Hagans denied wrongdoing. Both men have been charged with capital sexual battery and are being held without bond. But authorities have been unable to locate Thompson.
Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Bruce Thomason did not immediately return a call for comments. But has recently expressed his shock about the case. “I can't think of an adjective that's bad enough to describe” the allegations, Thomason said. “Anyone who would harm a child is just beneath contempt.”
Nicholas’ Jacksonville neighbors were also quite disturbed with the news.
“It's disgusting. I can't even fathom the thought…I have a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old. I can't fathom it.” – Neighbor April Wishman.
Florida Department of Children and Families has placed the victim and her 1-year-old brother with a relative. The children are receiving counseling. Nicholas’ mother, Debbie Morgan, did not return a call for comments, and then later she defended her daughter. “They're not true. They're totally not true,” Morgan said of the charges. Morgan instead alleged her daughter had been sexually abused by drug dealers and was a prisoner inside her home.
“I was told by my granddaughter that my daughter was beat by these people. I was told by my granddaughter that her mother would sneak her out of the apartment bare footed at night trying to hide from these people,” said Morgan.
But Jacksonville Beach police said they have found no evidence to support Morgan's claims. “No, not at all…We believe this woman willfully and intentionally allowed other adults to perform sexual acts on her child.” – Sgt. Thomas Bingham.
Nicholas waived a Monday extradition hearing in Georgia and will be brought back to Florida later this week.