COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
A judge sentenced a Boone County woman Thursday to 64 years in prison after a jury convicted her in September of sex trafficking her own daughter.
Renee M. Collins, 54, was convicted of sexual trafficking of a child, child endangerment, child abuse and accessory to rape after a weeklong trial. Collins was charged in August 2018. She received 25 years for sexual trafficking and accessory to rape and seven years on each of the other charges.
An investigation began after the FBI received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a girl was being left in a room at the Welcome Inn in Columbia with strange men, according to a probable cause statement. A witness told Columbia Police Department investigators on July 7, 2017, that Collins had been offered cocaine in exchange for the girl having sex with two men, the statement said.
The girl suffers from cerebral palsy, autism and mental disabilities, is partially deaf and uses leg braces because of club feet, the statement said. A case worker also told investigators the girl functions at the level of a 2-year-old or 3-year-old child and requires care around the clock.