State : Mom Accused of Child Prostitution

From Times Wire Services

A mother was arraigned today on charges of drugging her 9-year-old son and forcing him and his 12-year-old sister into prostitution with as many as 80 adults.

Meanwhile, police sought the children’s grandmother, a 48-year-old Concord woman, on a warrant charging her with pandering in connection with the same case.

Richmond Police Lt. Ray Howard said authorities believe the 29-year-old El Cerrito woman, who wasn’t immediately identified by name in order to protect the children, used money collected for the sex acts to buy drugs.

The children told police their mother gave them drugs such as marijuana, alcohol, sleeping pills, cocaine and methamphetamine in an effort to desensitize them to the sex acts, Howard said.