NBC 10 I-Team: Woman charged with prostitution, child abuse

Tina Tucker (Johnson Police Department photo)

A Johnston woman has been accused of child abuse and running a sex for cash operation out of her home.

Tina Tucker, 36, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of first-degree child abuse, child neglect, and procurement of sexual conduct for a fee.

Police said her 3-year-old son had cocaine in his system, from the past 24 to 48 hours.

A judge ordered the woman held on $25,000 bail.

According to court testimony and records, the state Department of Children, Youth and Families removed the 3-year-old child from Tucker's Forest Hill Drive home last week after a caseworker witnessed deplorable living conditions.

A doctor at Hasbro Children’s Hospital told police that she discovered Tucker had consistently missed medical appointments for the boy over the last year and a half.

“His environment is unsafe and places him at significant risk,” wrote Dr. Amy Goldberg.

Johnston police said Rhode Island Hospital staff told them that the boy swallowed cocaine.

In court, a prosecutor said Tucker had offered uncover police officers sex on two occasions, over the course of three months. A source with knowledge of the investigations told the I-Team that Tucker had been advertising online as an escort for cash.

On Monday night, undercover officers arranged to meet Tucker at her house and arrested her.

A judge ordered Tucker to have no contact with the child.

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