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Florida mom accused of selling sex with daughter, 6, to buy drugs

Police accused a Florida mom of selling sex with her six-year-old daughter to pay for drugs, the Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday.

Police began investigating Jacksonville Beach resident Dalina Nicholas, 35, when a homeless man, who had been doing drugs at Nicholas's home, told officers he witnessed child abuse there.

Investigators then interviewed the six-year-old girl, who was in the custody of Nicholas's parents, and she told them about sexual attacks by three men, as well as physical abuse.

City police chief Bruce Thomason told the newspaper that Nicholas had been selling her daughter for various sex acts to support herself and her drug habit.

"I can't think of an adjective that's bad enough to describe [the allegations]," Thomason said.

When police attempted to arrest Nicholas she had fled the area.

Nicolas was arrested as a fugitive from justice in Georgia and is due to be extradited to Jacksonville Beach as early as this week. She denies the allegations.

Her mother, who has not been identified, claims that her daughter was also sexually abused by drug dealers and did not know about the abuse of her daughter.

Cops charged Quinn Brooks, 56, and John Hagans, 47, with capital sexual battery in the case and at least one other suspect is being sought.

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