JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A local woman is facing at least 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to selling her 6-year-old daughter for sex.
The mother, 36-year-old Dalina Nicholas, admitted Wednesday that she allowed men to copulate with her daughter in order to support both herself and her drug habit, the Florida Times-Union is reporting.
Local authorities were first informed of the abuse last March when a homeless man waved down a passing officer and reported the molestation he had seen in Nicholas’ home when he had gone there to use drugs. Nicholas left the area soon after, but the law ultimately caught up with her in Muscogee County, Ga., soon after her departure.
The Jacksonville Beach police told the Times-Union that witnesses also saw frequent drug use in the residence, which additionally served as a place for homeless people to stay. The girl also mentioned physical abuse, in addition to the sexual attacks, while talking with a child protection team member, the paper additionally learned.
Nicholas’ guilty plea to four counts of child neglect was part of a deal made with the State Attorney’s Office, in exchange for dropping one charge of sexual battery against her.
She will additionally testify against four other parties charged in the case – John Hagans, 48, and Norman Thompson, 52, who have both been charged with sexual battery, and Quinn Brooks, 57, and Ryan Harrover, 34, who are both facing charges of not only sexual battery, but lewd or lascivious molestation as well – to comply with the terms of the deal.
Upon the conclusion of those trials, Nicholas will be sentenced.
A representative of the Florida Department of Children and Families told the Times-Union that Nicholas’ daughter, as well as her younger son, were both sent to live with family members after Nicholas was arrested.