A federal grand jury has charged Ronnie and Connie McCall with selling their daughters for creating child porn. The Tennessee couple made their first appearance in court on Friday to face the allegations.
The investigation began last summer when officials started looking into child neglect charges. They began questioning the girls and that's what ultimately led to the indictments, according to WCYB.
WATE reports that paperwork shows the couple was selling their four daughters. Prosecutors say the four girls were between the ages of 5 and 16 when this happened.
An investigation reportedly found the couple's four girls had been forced to perform sexual acts in different parts of Johnson City, Tenn. The U.S. Attorney's Office picked up the case after they learned one of the children had been taken to South Carolina to make porn.
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"When you have parents allegedly making money off their kids through pornography and exploitation, even after 20 years, it's one of the worst cases I've ever seen," District Attorney Tony Clark said.
Investigators reportedly said that four girls had lived with their parents in a trailer park in Johnson City. Clark said Johnson City Police first discovered deplorable conditions inside the family's home in the summer of 2012 and arrested the parents for neglect.
"When the youngest child was taken in, several if not all of her teeth were rotted. There was animal waste inside the home," Clark said.
The girls are reportedly doing well, according to authorities, who hope all four girls will be adopted as a family. They are in the custody of child protective services.