COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A 49-year-old Columbia woman has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking of her mentally disabled daughter.
Renee Collins entered the plea Tuesday to sex trafficking of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
Collins and her boyfriend were accused of trafficking her daughter from a room in The Welcome Inn in Columbia in exchange for drugs and money.
Her boyfriend, William Thomas Jr., of Rocheport, is charged with first-degree rape or attempted rape. He has pleaded not guilty.
Collins’ daughter has cerebral palsy and functions at the level of a 2 or 3-year-old.
The FBI notified Columbia police in July 2017 that it had received a tip that the child was being left in a motel room with strange men.