A mother has been convicted of a heinous crime -- posing her 2-year-old daughter with a sex toy and then sending the picture to a pedophile. The woman, Camille Solomon-Eaton, had tried to claim she was insane when she committed the horrible act, but the judge wasn't buying it and she was convicted on all counts.
Solomon-Eaton, of Brooklyn, New York, was caught when police began investigating a man named Caleb Wade, who had posted an ad on Craigslist looking for "any girls into taboo sex." Police found child porn on his cell phone that had been sent from Solomon-Eaton, and incredibly, the porn depicted her own 2-year-old girl. "Hope you like," she reportedly wrote to Wade, accompanied by a picture of her daughter with a sex toy.
Reportedly, Solomon-Eaton's lawyer tried to claim that the little girl wasn't physically harmed by the picture and therefore the court should show some mercy. But prosecutors weren't buying it, saying the photos were a "victimization," and that the child was being "exploited."
Of course she was. Perhaps this time the mother didn't hand her over to a pedophile and let him rape her, but it seems like she was going in that direction. And even if she wasn't, this is total exploitation, treating your baby as a sex object for strange men. Despicable.
But she also had another "explanation" -- that she herself had been sexually abused as a child. Perhaps so, but this doesn't give you the right to not be punished for doing it to your own child. As a victim, you should know better than anyone that it is imperative to break the cycle and get some help.
Wade was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Solomon-Eaton faces up to 15 years in prison.
Do you think 15 years is enough time? Should her own abuse be a mitigating circumstance?
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