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Woman Allowed Men To Molest 7-Year-Old Girl For Money (Photo)

| by Michael Doherty
A young girl.A young girl.

A Pennsylvania woman has been arrested for prostitution and allowing two men to molest a 7-year-old for money.

Rebecca Lynn Shadle, 38, was charged with trafficking minors and aggravated indecent assault, sexual exploitation of a child, child endangerment and conspiracy after she allegedly allowed two men to sexually touch the young girl and her underwear for $60, The Associated Press reports.

One of the men, Brian Spillar, 49, was waiting to be arraigned on charges that included aggravated indecent assault.

Shadle was arrested after police received a tip through the state's anonymous abuse hotline, ChildLine.

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Shadle admitted that she had sex for money at her apartment, and her phone had messages that pointed toward prostitution, the affidavit said.

Shadle told investigators that she had watched the two men kiss and touch the girl, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"Shadle said that she was drunk at the time and needed the money," wrote Detective John Swank in the criminal complaint in the case.

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Police are investigating the identity of the second man, who has only been identified as "Greg."

Authorities are also looking into whether a third man paid Shadle to abuse the child and whether a 3-year-old girl who was in Shadle's care was also abused.

Shadle said that she was "fearful for my life."'

The woman told Senior District Judge James Albert during her arraignment that she is a recovering alcoholic. She said that the two children were taken away from her after she overdosed on drugs and had to be resuscitated with Narcan.

"I've been clean five months now," said Shadle. "I have been trying to get my life back on track. I have a meeting with my caseworker Friday at [alcohol rehabilitation], and I don't want to miss it."

"There are so many serious charges here," Albert said. "I'm setting your bond at $100,000."

Shadle remains in jail. Online court records do not list attorneys for Shadle or Spillar.

In another child abuse case, a Wisconsin couple has been arrested after they allegedly starved their 5-year-old son, KSDK reports.

The boy, who weighed only 29 pounds when he was admitted to a hospital, was diagnosed with "referring syndrome," in which his body experienced negative side effects from the reintroduction of food after starvation.

Physician and child abuse expert Barbara Know called the case "the most egregious example of child starvation and torture" that she had seen in her career.

The parents, Kimberly and Bradley Fahrenkrug, have been charged with recklessly endangering a child, causing mental harm to a child, child neglect resulting in great bodily harm, reckless injury and false imprisonment.

The couple may face up to 68 years in prison if convicted.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Associated Press via WPVI, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, KSDK / Photo credits: Brandon Warren/Flickr, Facebook via Daily Mail, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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